MI CEO Greg Dolan wrote an article for May’s edition of Hydrocarbon Processing which makes the case for Methanol as the most viable marine fuel of the future.
The article makes a strong case for methanol as a less-expensive alternative to LNG and other options now that Emissions Control Areas (ECA) are coming into effect which require that the industry find cleaner alternatives to high-sulfur bunker fuel.
The article also discusses a number of methanol fuel demonstrations currently under way, including European ferry line Stena’s conversion of an engine of it’s RoPax ferry Germanica to run on methanol, and MI member Methanex’s agreement with with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., Westfal-Larsen & Co A/S and Marinvest/Skagerack Invest to build seven new 50,000-dead-weight-ton ships with MAN Diesel & Turbo’s ME-LGI flex-fuel engines running on MeOH, fuel oil, MDO or MGO. The full article can be found here.