The new sulfur limits that will apply within the North European SECA area from January 1, 2015, are good news for the environment but pose a particular challenge to Gothenburg, Sweden, headquartered ferry giant Stena Line. It has 39 vessels in operation on 23 ferry routes in Scandinavia, around the U.K. and to the Baltics. It is now being forced to increase freight prices as a direct result of increased fuel costs -and is looking to use alternate fuels, including methanol.
“In early 2015 we will be starting a trial with methanol as a fuel on one of our ferries,” says Stena Line’s CEO Carl-Johan Hagman.
According to earlier reports, Stena Line has been looking to switch up to 25 vessels to methanol fuel. In a presentation at Interferry last October, it was reported that the Stena Germanica is the subject of an EU funded full scale conversion that will see all four Wärtsila 8ZAL40S main engines converted to methanol-diesel operation, with the tanks and systems scheduled for installation in the first quarter of this year, conversion of two main engines following in the fourth quarter and the other two in fourth quarter 2015. More information can be found here.