Email Print Low flashpoint fuels The TrendThe maritime industry has recognised that low flashpoint fuels like ethane, methanol and ethanol are very attractive choices from an environmental perspective because they are clean-burning and contain no sulphur. Thus, these fuels would ensure compliance with the European Commission Sulphur Directive.The ChallengeAlternative fuels like ethane, methanol and ethanol are widely available globally but no specific infrastructure for marine fuel bunkering is in place yet.The PerspectiveGuidelines are currently in draft for the use of methanol and ethanol fuels on ships, for the future incorporation in the newly adopted IGF Code. Meanwhile, more projects and onboard experience with different ship applications would be beneficial for showing the potential of these fuels. The costs for developing the respective infrastructure are considered comparably low in comparison to the equivalent LNG infrastructure and it can be done economically on a small scale.About the author: Benjamin Scholz is a Ship Type Expert for Gas Carriers at the leading classification society DNV GL – Maritime in Hamburg. As project manager he is responsible for different client and research projects with the focus of gas as ship fuel and liquefied gas carriers. As part of his assignments he is involved in the further development of the IGF-Code. GET THE WHITE PAPER Please fill the form below Your name*Job Title*Your email (Please use your company email)* You will also be subscribed to e-newsletter, and related emails. (Unsubscribe at any time.)Please un-tick the box if you don’t want to receive this. YesPlease type in security keyType the characters you see in the picture above: Can't read the security key? Click here to get a new key Images for this article - click to enlarge Image copyright © Mercator Media 2017, or image used with permission of the copyright holder unless otherwise stated.