Technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted by Swedish ferry operator Stena Line to carry out and convert some of its vessels to operate with methanol fuel.
he conversions will include the fuel supply system and engine modifications, as well as integrating the new installations with the ships’ existing systems. The contracts were booked as order intake by Wärtsilä in June 2023.
Stena’s decarbonization through methanol
Hybrid engines have been gaining popularity in Stena recently, as the company views methanol as an alternative fuel able to reduce the company’s emissions. In early May, Stena Line had announced that it is building two new hybrid ferries designed to run on methanol, that will be used to address capacity constraints and future-proof the company’s operations. A few weeks later, it was announced that Stena RoRo had and ordered two hybrid cargo ships from the Chinese shipyard CMI Jinling in Weihai.
As we continue to implement our strategy to decarbonise all our operations, we see methanol as a viable alternative fuel that will help us achieve this ambition.
… said Ian Hampton of Stena Line.
The full scope of Wärtsilä’s supply package will include fuel tank instrumentation and valves, transfer pumps, low pressure pump skid, fuel valve trains, Methanol Fuel Pump Units and the automation of the system, engine conversions, and automation upgrade for the engine control room.
Wärtsilä is committed to making decarbonised shipping operations a reality, and we have invested heavily in developing our engine portfolio to be capable of utilising carbon neutral and zero carbon fuels
… commented Roger Holm, President of Wärtsilä’s Marine Power business.
The conversions are scheduled to take place in 2025.