Göteborg, Sweden, June 10, 2016 – A seminar will be held on 15-16 June 2016 in Göteborg to introduce the recently-initiated GreenPilot project and present the status of methanol as a marine fuel. The project, which began in March 2016, intends to convert a pilot boat to methanol operation to show how a methanol conversion of a smaller vessel can be carried out in practice and to demonstrate the emissions reductions that can be achieved. Methanol is a sulphur-free clean-burning alcohol that has reduced emissions of harmful particulates and nitrous oxides as compared to conventional marine fuels.

By using methanol produced from renewable feedstocks the net emissions of greenhouse gases are to large extent eliminated. Methanol production from biomass will be the topic of a presentation by Ingvar Landälv of Luleå University. Renewable methanol produced in Sweden has been tested in automotive and motorcyle engines , and will now be introduced as marine fuel. There is great potential to produce renewable methanol from forestry biomass and residues in Sweden and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Other presenters at the seminar include Per Stefenson, speaking about the methanol conversion of the Stena Germanica, the first ferry in the world to use methanol fuel, and Fredrik Stübner of Marinvest who will describe the experience with the first ship newbuilding project with methanol as marine fuel. The seminar will also have presentations from the SUMMETH (Sustainable Marine Methanol) project, the Methanol Institute’s Greg Dolan, Lund University, Wärtsilä, Chalmers University of Technology, VTT Technical Research Institute of Finland, and more.

The GreenPilot seminar will be held at conference facilities adjacent to the ScandiNAOS offices, located at Adolf Edelsvärds gata 11 in the Klippan area of Göteborg. The seminar will begin at 12:00 with lunch, followed by presentations beginning at 13:00. On the morning of June 16th, from 8:30 to 9:00 AM, there will be an opportunity to view and photograph the pilot boat which will be converted to methanol operation as part of the GreenPilot project.

GreenPilot project partners include the Swedish Maritime Technology Forum (administrative coordinator), ScandiNAOS (technical coordinator), SSPA Sweden, the Swedish Maritime Administration and the Swedish Transport Administration. The project is co-funded by the Swedish Maritime Administration, the Swedish Transport Administration and the Methanol Institute.

More information of the project can be found at http://www.greenpilot.marinemethanol.com/

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By now the three first of the total seven methanol powered tankers are out on the ocean. Named Lindanger, Taranaki Sun and Mari Jone. We wish them all good luck and look forward for more news of the progress.

 MV Taranaki Sun from Mitsui O.S.K. Lines. Photo credit: Waterfront Shipping

The first dual fuel methanol tankers are set for delivery later this month. Of the seven 50,000 dwt tankers ordered to be on charter for Waterfront Shipping (a Methanex subsidiary) the first three will be delivered later this month in Japan and South Korea. 

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd (MOL) will operate three of the ships while Westfal-Larsen and Marinvest will operate two ships each.

The remaining four ships are scheduled for delivery in October later this year. 

Primus Green Energy has announced plans to develop and deliver a 160 MT/day methanol plant to an undisclosed site in Marcellus shale gas region in north eastern USA. Production from the site is expected to begin in 2017.

The small scale plant takes advantage of local gas supply on remote locations where a pipeline network would not be viable. It is thought to be cost competitive with the large plants located in other parts of North America.

The modular design of the plant will allow for gradual increase of capacity to 640 MT/day during the following years. The company have plans to deliver up to four additional plants ranging from 160 MT to 640 MT capacities following the completion of the first plant.

Primus Green Energy press release [direct link]

A new report on the use of methanol as marine fuel was recently released by FCBI Energy. 

The report finds that methanol is abundant, biodegradable, emissions compliant, available globally and current bunkering infrastructure only requires minor modifications to handle methanol as a marine fuel.

Carl-Johan Hagman, CEO of Stena Line told FCBI, "The handling and installation of a liquid like methanol had clear advantages over gas or cryogenic fuels regarding fuel storage and bunkering."

Hagman noted that the new methanol report should "raise awareness of this marine fuel and serve as an important source of facts to anyone looking for a greener shipping fuels."

The report is authored by Professor Karin Andersson of the Department of Shipping and Marine Technology at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

The report is freely available and can be downloaded from the following site [direct link]

FCBI-Energy  [direct link]
Methanol Institute  [direct link]