Green Maritime Methanol project takes off

The Green Maritime Methanol project has selected nine ships for research Photo: Green Maritime Methanol The Green Maritime Methanol project has selected nine ships for research Photo: Green Maritime Methanol

The Green Maritime Methanol consortium has selected nine ships for research on the application of renewable methanol as a marine fuel. New designs together with existing ships of Boskalis, Van Oord, the Royal Netherlands Navy and Wagenborg Shipping were selected.

The vessel sizes vary in length from 40 to 160 metres, with tonnage ranging from 300 to 23,000dwt and in installed power from 1 - 12MW. The cost for implementation and use of methanol fuel systems will be determined and compared with low sulphur marine diesel.

Each of the ships has a specific operational profile, providing a unique insight into the feasibility of methanol for a certain ship type, its sailing route and cruising speed. The research encompasses ferries, dredgers and support vessels operating in coastal waters as well as cargo ships.

Recently, the consortium welcomed three new entrants which provide extra knowledge, power and skills to the consortium: the Royal Netherlands Shipowners’ Association, Bureau Veritas and Lloyds Register.

Green Maritime Methanol now has a list of partners which includes Bio MCN, Royal Boskalis, Bureau Veritas, C-Job Naval Architects, Damen Shipyards, Defence Material Organisation, Feadship, Helm Proman, Royal IHC, Royal Netherlands Naval Institute, Royal Association of Netherlands’ Shipowners, Lloyds Register, MARIN, Maritime Knowledge Centre, Marine Service Noord, Methanol Institute, Port of Amsterdam, Port of Rotterdam, Pon Power, TNO, TU Delft, Van Oord, Netherlands Association of Importers of Combustion Engines, Wagenborg Shipping and Wärtsilä.

The project is supported by TKI Maritiem and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and runs until December 2020.

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