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China introduces country’s first marine methanol bunkering standards 

Two China-based associations officially released two group standards, initiated by Chimbusco: ‘Marine Methanol Fuel Waterborne Refuelling Regulations’ and ‘Marine Methanol Fuel’.





China Petroleum Circulation Association (CPCA) and the China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association (CIQA) recently released two group standards: "Marine Methanol Fuel Waterborne Refuelling Regulations" and "Marine Methanol Fuel”, according to China Marine Bunker (PetroChina) Co., Ltd. (Chimbusco) on Thursday (28 September). 

Chimbusco, the firm which initiated the standards, said this was the first set of standards in China for methanol refuelling operations and quality control, which fills a gap in the domestic market. 

The introduction took place at the Green Methanol Refuelling Capacity Building Conference during the Global Sustainable Transportation Forum and the 15th International Exhibition on Transportation Technology & Equipment.

Meanwhile, China Classification Society (CCS) and Bureau Veritas (BV) issued Approval in Principles (AIPs) for a 7,800-tonne dual-fuel powered green methanol bunkering vessel to Chimbusco and Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry.

“The vessel is also a new type of green methanol bunkering vessel that has obtained certificates from two classification societies simultaneously, setting a solid technical foundation for massive production in the future,” Chimbusco said. 

“The release of these standards, along with the approval of the 7,800-tonne dual-fuel powered green methanol bunkering vessel by two classification societies, signifies a major step towards completing the first green methanol refueling technology chain in China.”

Chimbusco added the achievement is complemented by the establishment of relevant methanol refueling guidelines and inspection specifications by CCS and BV.

Alex Gregg-Smith, Senior Vice President of BV, emphasised that this vessel is the first of its kind designed in China and represents a significant milestone in the shipping industry's decarbonisation efforts, while demonstrates promising progress in the construction of the methanol supply chain.

Zhao Yan, Vice President of CCS, said the green methanol bunkering vessel has been designed with the concept of "full life cycle". 

It features twin engines and twin oars, a domestically made four-stroke methanol dual-fuel main engine, a liquid cargo pump in the form of a machine belt, a pre-installed berthing perception system, and a remote-control refuelling arm operation system.

“These advanced technologies showcase the industry's cutting-edge advancements and highlight the ship's green, intelligent, and digital characteristics,” Zhao Yan said. 

Manifold Times previously reported Chimbusco releasing the first draft of Code of Practice for Marine Methanol Bunkering on the China National Institute of Standardisation website for feedback from the bunkering industry.

The draft outlined a comprehensive guide for methanol bunkering operations, safety procedures, and streamlining, standardising and tabulating the risk assessment of bunkering.

Related: China: Chimbusco releases methanol bunkering code of practice draft to industry
Related: CSSC receives CCS AiP for China’s first truck-to-ship methanol bunkering safety measures

Photo credit: Chimbusco
Published: 3 October, 2023

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Marine Fuels 360: Methanol presents easiest path towards maritime decarbonisation, says DNV

Captain Singh was confident the bunkering infrastructure in Singapore will be ready to welcome methanol-fuelled vessels due to the coordinated efforts between various agencies.





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The use of methanol as a bunker fuel presents the least path of resistance towards maritime decarbonisation, believes the Principal Consultant, Head, Research and Development, Maritime Advisory, SE Asia, Pacific, and India at classification society DNV.

Captain Satinder Singh Virdi was speaking amongst panellists in the Methanol Panel session at Marine Fuels 360 on Tuesday (28 November) when he offered an opinion about reasons behind the increasing awareness of methanol as a marine fuel.

“The ease of adopting methanol is perhaps one of the reasons. The product exists as a liquid at ambient temperature and has been carried on vessels for the last 80 years, so it is not something new,” he stated.

“What is new is we're going to use methanol as a bunker fuel. Ease of adoption, ESG compliance, as well as getting closer to decarbonisation goals are the drivers for shipowners adopting methanol.”

According to Captain Singh, the trend for methanol-fuelled newbuildings have continued in October where DNV’s Alternative Fuels Insight (AFI) platform recorded 230 vessels on order where 156 comprises of containerships.

“The trend started when Maersk increased their newbuild order of methanol-fuelled vessels; before that it was mostly LNG as an alternate fuel,” he said.

Captain Singh was confident the bunkering infrastructure in Singapore will be ready to welcome methanol-fuelled vessels due to the coordinated efforts between the Singapore Shipping Association, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, and other organisations.

“We are all working together to support Singapore’s future maritime operations. Singapore is an international maritime centre, and we want to establish ourselves as the leading maritime city,” he explained.

“I would call this a cohesive action by all relevant partners, such as shipowners, charterers, classification societies, ship managers, bunker testing firms, mass flow meter manufacturers, bunkering companies, and more.

“It is important for Singapore to be seen as a fair supporter of bunkering in terms of reliability and reputation, and if things go wrong actions are taken very strictly to ensure transparency and quality. So, in that way I am satisfied to say that ‘yes’ we have what it takes to make methanol bunkering happen.”

Related: DNV: Methanol-fuelled order trend continues, with first ammonia DF newbuilding contracts recorded in Oct
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Other related: The Methanol Institute: Singapore takes first-mover advantage in Asia with methanol bunkering pilot

Photo credit: Informa
Published: 6 November 2023

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CENIT and Hinicio to explore feasibility of zero-carbon bunkers in Colombia

Mission is to explore the feasibility of producing, storing, supplying, and exporting zero-carbon bunker fuels at strategic port locations in Colombia, says centre.





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The Centre for Innovation in Transport (CENIT) on Tuesday (5 December) said it was teaming up with Hinicio, a strategy consulting firm focused on sustainable energy and mobility, for a project funded by The World Bank in Colombia.

CENIT said their mission was to explore the feasibility of producing, storing, supplying, and exporting zero-carbon bunker fuels at strategic port locations in Colombia.

“The shipping industry is poised to become a major demand centre for zero-carbon fuels, particularly green hydrogen-based options like green ammonia and green methanol,” CENIT said in a social media post. 

“And it will play a pivotal role in transporting these zero-carbon fuels from emerging production hubs in Latin America to high-demand centres in Europe and East Asia.”

“This project takes us a step closer to decarbonising ports and fostering a sustainable future for maritime transportation.”

Photo credit: Luis Desiro on Unsplash
Published: 6 December, 2023

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Suez Canal and Scatec ink MoU for green methanol bunkering in East Port Said

Deal aims to issue a licence to Scatec to conduct green fuel bunkering operations in East Port Said and will include investments in production capacity of 100,000 tonnes of green methanol per year by 2027.





Suez Canal and Scatec inks MoU for green methanol bunkering in East Port Said

The Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZONE) Authority on Sunday (3 December) said it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Norwegian renewable energy company Scatec for green methanol bunkering in East Port Said, Egypt. 

The MoU was signed at the sidelines of the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference (COP28). 

The project will cost USD 1.1billion and will include investments in clean energy generation, with a production capacity of up to 100,000 tonnes of green methanol per year by 2027. 

It will use 190 megawatts of electrolyzer capacity, powered by 317 megawatts of wind energy and 140 megawatts of solar energy.

The deal also aims to issue a licence to Scatec to conduct green fuel bunkering operations in East Port Said. 

Waleid Gamal El-Dien, chairman of SCZONE, said: “The signing of a new MoU with Scatec represents an extension of the partnership that began with the company’s first project in SCZONE, which was inaugurated by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on the sidelines of COP27 in November 2022, and recently succeeded in exporting the world’s first shipment of green ammonia.”

“SCZONE’s regional pioneering in the green bunkering field came as a result of SCZONE’s ports readiness to provide this service, in addition to the prompt move towards green fuel production in cooperation with major international companies.”

“This is to maximise the benefit of integrated industrial zones equipped with world-class infrastructure, in addition to the investment incentives and supportive work environment that SCZONE provides to its success partners.” 

“East Port Said is the destination of the green bunkering project due to its location northern Suez Canal, and its integration with the ports of East Port Said and West Port Said, and therefore it is located near the ship’s waiting areas.”

“We emphasise that green bunkering is not a main target in itself, but an imperative global requirement, especially since shipping is responsible for 10% of the world’s carbon emissions, so the use of green fuels in maritime transport will significantly affect the reduction of carbon emissions.”

Photo credit: SCZone
Published: 5 December, 2023

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