Svitzer inks methanol retrofit MoU with Cat
Caterpillar Marine and Svitzer, the marine operations and towage operator, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to adopt solutions that enable Svitzer to utilise methanol in their fleet. The implementation of dual-fuel methanol engines focuses on new tugs as well as conversions of existing Cat powered tugs, which comprise the majority of Svitzer’s fleet.
The MOU formalizes the collaboration to deploy engine technologies that enable Svitzer to utilise methanol, which can be produced from renewable energy sources to reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions, and follows on from the recent Cat 3500-E series methanol-readiness announcement in September 2022.
“Svitzer has a significant fleet of vessels powered by Cat systems, as well as ambitious decarbonisation targets for our future fleet. It is therefore of utmost importance that we join forces with strategic collaborators, such as Caterpillar Marine, to find solutions for both existing and future vessels.” said Kasper Karlsen, global chief operating officer of Svitzer.