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India makes progress in use of methanol as marine fuel

10 Dec 2018

The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has taken up a pilot project to demonstrate the use of methanol as a marine fuel, reports the Press Trust of India.

“We are placing order for three work boats to retrofit engines and six low draft cargo vessels of 1,000-2,000 tonnes capacity to Cochin Shipyard that will use methanol as fuel with technology from Sweden after a go-ahead from NITI Aayog,” IWAI vice-chairman Pravir Pandey told the news agency.

IWAI is working on placing bunkering facilities capable of offering methanol as a bunker fuel at 500 km intervals along the whole 1,600 km Haldia-Varanasi river, he states.

Pandey made the comments on the sidelines of a shipping event organised by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Published: 10 December, 2018

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