Ship owners and shipbuilding yards as well as producers of the equipment and administration of the seaports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam created a syndicate in order to look into the possibility to use methanol as an alternative marine fuel. This was done because of introduction of standards on sulfur by the International Maritime Organization starting from January 1, 2020.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will maintain the syndicate in this project. “Within this project the partners will look into possible opportunities in order to use methanol as marine fuel for ships being under constructions and ships which are in exploitation today after corresponding conversion” – the TNO commercial director of maritime and off-shore department Peter Boersma reported.
Such huge international companies as Boskalis, Van Oord, Damen Shipyards Group, Royal IHC, Wärtsilä, VIV, Wagenborg Shipping, Feadship, Pon Power, Marine Service Noord, C-Job Naval Architects and the Dutch Royal Fleet will take part in the syndicate.
Two biggest seaports of the Netherlands (Rotterdam and Amsterdam) as well as the suppliers of methanol BioMCN, Helm Proman and the trade organization Methanol Institute will study the development of infrastructure.
Informational and research support will be given by the Dutch Science and Research Institute TNO, TU Delft, NLDA, Marin, TKI Maritime and the Ministry of Economics of the Netherlands. The project to study the prospects of environmentally friendly marine methanol is designed for two years.
Source of information: Agency of oil and gas information