Tag: Methanol

Industry shows support for Methanol as marine fuel
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Industry shows support for Methanol as marine fuel

The shipping community has shown support for the use of Methanol as a marine fuel during a recent seminar held in Athens. The seminar series organiser Capt Saleem Alavi, president of Sea Commerce, reinforced the advantages of Methanol compared to liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is being heavily marketed as a long-term solution. “Methanol is...

Green Maritime Methanol shortlists nine ships for fuel research
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Green Maritime Methanol shortlists nine ships for fuel research

The Green Maritime Methanol consortium has selected nine ships for research on the application of renewable methanol as a marine fuel. New designs, newbuildings as well as existing ships of Boskalis, Van Oord, the Royal Netherlands Navy and Wagenborg Shipping will undergo testing of the fuel. The vessel sizes vary in length from between 40-160m,...

Port of Antwerp to pilot production of methanol
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Port of Antwerp to pilot production of methanol

The Port of Antwerp is bringing together different players to produce sustainable methanol for port uses. ENGIE, Oiltanking, Indaver, Vlaamse Milieuholding (VMH) and Helm-Proman have declared their support for the project, and several knowledge institutes have also committed themselves. The purpose is to produce methanol not derived from fossil sources, as is currently done, for...

Demand for methanol in shipping highlighted in new seminars
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Demand for methanol in shipping highlighted in new seminars

A new series of free industry seminars that is touring the world promoting the use of methanol as a marine fuel has highlighted the growing interest in the fuel. Over 225 participants joined the seminar held in India and organised by Sea Commerce Consulting and Institute of Marine Engineers of India (IMEI) with support from...

Dutch maritime companies join methanol project
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Dutch maritime companies join methanol project

A consortium of international maritime companies, supported by Maritime Knowledge Centre, have joined together to further investigate the feasibility of methanol as a sustainable marine fuel. Shipowners Boskalis, The Royal Netherlands Navy, Van Oord and Wagenborg Shipping will join the consortium, along with shipbuilders, Damen Shipyards, Feadship, Royal IHC and marine engine manufacturers Pon Power...

Pathways to IMO 2050
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Pathways to IMO 2050

Shipping is preparing to meet a tough emissions target that aims for at least a 50 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 compared with a 2008 baseline. To meet this ambitious goal, which is equal to a reduction of at least 470 million tonnes of cargo emissions according to Dr Martin Stopford,...

South Louisiana announces $2.2bn methanol project
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South Louisiana announces $2.2bn methanol project

South Louisiana, USA, has announced plans to pursue a US $2.2 billion methanol complex in St.James Parish. Preliminary work began on the project last year. Formal construction could start later this year, subject to successful negotiations with a new joint venture partner, a Houston-based subsidiary of Saudi Arabia-based SABIC. South Louisiana Methanol and SABIC aim...

Methanol for marine applications tested in Singapore
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Methanol for marine applications tested in Singapore

The Methanol Institute (MI) is backing a project at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore to evaluate methanol as a marine fuel in Asia. The first of the two-phase project includes desktop and bench-testing a methanol-powered engine in the GreenPilot program in Gothenburg, Sweden. The GreenPilot project aims to demonstrate the use of methanol...

IMO makes progress on methanol as a marine fuel
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IMO makes progress on methanol as a marine fuel

The Methanol Institute has welcomed completed draft guidelines by the IMO’s sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC5) that cover the safety of ships using methyl/ethyl alcohol as fuel. CCC5 invited the Maritime Safety Committee in December to endorse the referral of safety topics which require further input to other technical sub-committees for their...

DNV GL launches Alternative Fuels Insight platform
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DNV GL launches Alternative Fuels Insight platform

Classification society DNV GL has launched a new alternative fuels insight (AFI) platform to help the industry understand the developing market of alternative fuels, including its infrastructure, suppliers, and technologies. “The AFI platform has been developed to rovide a clear picture not only of the fuels and the surrounding infrastructure, but to build links between...

Methanol can support sustainable shipping to 2050 and beyond
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Methanol can support sustainable shipping to 2050 and beyond

The maritime industry is already gaining experience with the new fuels it will need to deliver a step change in emissions reduction, says Chris Chatterton, Chief Operating Officer, The Methanol Institute. The ambitious goals for carbon emission reductions set by the IMO have prompted a surge of activity in the investment, research and development needed to...

ISO to develop standards for methanol as a marine fuel
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ISO to develop standards for methanol as a marine fuel

The IMO’s decision to invite the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to develop a standard for methyl/ethyl alcohol as a marine fuel reflects a growing interest in methanol as a marine fuel. The decision, which has received praised from the Methanol Institute, also includes an option for the ISO to develop a standard for methyl/ethyl...