Ports support Methanol research project

Green Maritime Methanol The Green Maritime Methanol project will research the infrastructure and supply chain for methanol. Credit: Green Maritime Methanol

Shipowners, shipyards, manufacturers and ports have joined forces to investigate the feasibility of methanol as a sustainable alternative transport fuel in the maritime sector.

Supported by Maritime Knowledge Centre, the Green Maritime Methanol project consortium includes the ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam; shipowners Boskalis, The Royal Netherlands Navy, Van Oord and Wagenborg Shipping; shipbuilders, Damen Shipyards, Feadship and Royal IHC.

“Together the consortium partners – which include all the main stakeholders in the transport supply chain – bring extensive experience and knowledge which will help to make this project a success,” said Pieter Boersma, business director maritime & offshore of TNO.

He added: “As part of the project, the partners will look at concrete possibilities to adopt methanol as marine fuel on either newbuilds or conversions of the existing fleet.”

Large support base

Stakeholders working to study the infrastructure and supply chain for methanol also include marine engine manufacturers Pon Power and Wärtsilä together with their trade association VIV; specialised marine equipment suppliers like Marine Service Noord; maritime service providers including C-Job Naval Architects; as well as methanol suppliers BioMCN and Helm Proman and trade organization The Methanol Institute.

Netherlands’ research institutes including TNO, TU Delft, NLDA and Marin are providing knowledge-building and research capacity for the project by studying operational profiles, ship configurations, engine configurations, performances and various emissions, in addition to multiple other relevant topics.

The Green Maritime Methanol project is supported by TKI Maritime and the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and will be completed within two years.

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