Methanol Institute Publishes Guide to Methanol as A

Methanol Institute Publishes Guide to Methanol as A
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The Methanol Institute has released the first comprehensive guide to methanol as a marine fuel, entitled “Marine Methanol Future-Proof Shipping Fuel.” The guide addresses various topics, including regulatory factors, environmental performance, engines and fuel systems, bunkering, handling and safety characteristics, costs and prices, availability, and raw materials. Also included are case studies of AP Moller-Maersk, Waterfront Shipping, Proman Stena Bulk, and the conversion of the Ropax ferry Stena Germanica. Methanol has been gaining prominence among owners and operators as an approved fuel under the IMO’s IGF code, with studies and guidance as well as support from the Methanol Institute. Propulsion systems include two-stroke main engines, four-stroke units, and fuel cells that use methanol to convert to hydrogen. Major engine manufacturers are reporting substantial backlogs and are developing ever larger, higher capacity powerplant units. Methanol has the potential to be one of the fuels of choice for ship designers, owners, and operators looking to transition to sustainable operations, providing a pathway to lower-carbon and ultimately carbon-neutral operations.


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