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Methanol Institute: New Partnerships, EU Advocacy, and Fleet Innovations (Week 19, 6-12 May 2024)

This week’s roundup explores strategic partnerships and groundbreaking initiatives in the methanol sector, highlighting key industry moves towards sustainable marine fuel solutions and global green methanol networks.




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The Methanol Institute, provides an exclusive weekly commentary on developments related to the adoption of methanol as a bunker fuel, including significant related events recorded during the week, for the readers of bunkering publication Manifold Times:

Bunkering of methanol continues to move forward, strengthening the supply chain for delivering cleaner fuels to the dual fuel vessels entering service and on order. Methanol has several advantages as a bunker fuel: liquid at room temperature, miscible in water and virtually eliminating pollution emissions. Safe handing protocols are in place at global ports developed by class societies and other stakeholders providing guidance to help the industry adopt lower carbon methanol.

Methanol marine fuel related developments for Week 19 of 2024:

Liquid Wind Receives Environmental Approval for Second E-Methanol Project in Sweden

Date: May 6, 2024

Key Points: Liquid Wind has secured an environmental permit for its FlagshipTWO project, Sweden's second large-scale e-methanol production facility, located in Sundsvall. Scheduled to begin production in 2027, FlagshipTWO will produce up to 130,000 tonnes of e-methanol annually using innovative carbon capture and utilization technology. The facility will be situated at Sundsvall Energi's Korstaverket production site. This approval marks a significant milestone in Liquid Wind's efforts to reduce fossil fuel dependency in sectors like long-distance shipping. FlagshipTWO will become Europe’s largest e-fuel production facility, advancing the green transition. Liquid Wind's FlagshipONE project was previously acquired by Ørsted A/S.

 Bunker Holding Partners with SyntexNRG to Develop Global Green Methanol Supply Network

Date: May 7, 2024

Key Points: Bunker Holding has entered into a strategic agreement with SyntexNRG Inc to develop and supply green methanol at its global physical supply ports. Announced in a recent statement, this partnership aligns with Bunker Holding’s recognition of methanol as a viable future fuel for the maritime industry, poised for transition to low-carbon alternatives.

Carlos Torres, the global head of methanol and strategic partnerships at Bunker Holding, emphasized the company’s evolving role in facilitating the entry of new fuel producers and consolidating supply across various locations to meet international demand.

The move comes as part of Bunker Holding’s broader strategy to engage more actively in the methanol bunker market, responding to the growing popularity of methanol as a marine fuel and the ongoing challenge of scaling up green methanol production to meet emerging demands.

 Methanol Institute Advocates for Inclusion of Biomethanol in EU's Union Database at RNG Summit 2024

Date: May 8, 2024

Key Points: At the Renewable Natural Gas Coalition’s RNG Summit 2024, Larry Navin, the VP of External Affairs at Methanol Institute (MI), participated in a discussion panel about the EU’s Union Database for Biofuels (UDB) on May 8th, 2024.

The summit serves as a key policy forum for the renewable gas industry, offering updates on legislation and regulation, and promoting advocacy and networking among members. During the panel, which included executives from OCI and Iogen, concerns were raised regarding the UDB’s current policy that excludes certification of biomethane and biomethanol produced through mass balance chain of custody in third-party countries outside of EU gas grids.

Navin highlighted the broad collaboration among stakeholders like MI, RNG Coalition, and Eurogas to engage with US and EU authorities to find solutions for including these biofuels in the UDB.

Fratelli Cosulich Enhances Singapore Fleet with Biofuel and Methanol-Capable Tanker

Date: May 9, 2024

Key Points:

Marine fuel supplier and trading firm Fratelli Cosulich, has expanded its bunker delivery fleet in Singapore by adding a new ship capable of transporting both biofuels and methanol. The IMO Type II chemical bunker tanker, named Marta Cosulich, has been received by the company and is en route to Singapore.

This vessel can handle methanol and biofuel blends with up to 100% biofuel content, enhancing the company’s commitment to meet stringent delivery standards set by the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) under the Singapore Standard Code of Practice for Bunkering (SS648). This addition is part of Fratelli Cosulich's strategy to bolster its fleet in one of the world's busiest ports.


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Published: 17 May 2024 

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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding receives orders for Japan’s first methanol-fuelled RoRo cargo ship duo

Two ships will be built at the Enoura Plant of MHI’s Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture, with scheduled completion and delivery by the end of fiscal 2027.





Mitsubishi Shipbuilding receives orders for Japan's first methanol-fuelled RoRo cargo ship duo

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, on Wednesday (19 June) said it has received orders from Toyofuji Shipping and Fukuju Shipping for Japan's first methanol-fueled roll-on/roll-off (RORO) cargo ships. 

The two ships will be built at the Enoura Plant of MHI's Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture, with scheduled completion and delivery by the end of fiscal 2027.

The ships will be approximately 169.9 meters in overall length and 30.2 meters in breadth, with 15,750 gross tonnage, and loading capacity for around 2,300 passenger vehicles.

A windscreen at the bow and a vertical stem are used to reduce propulsion resistance, while fuel efficiency is improved by employing MHI's proprietary energy-saving system technology combing high-efficiency propellers and high-performance rudders with reduced resistance. 

The main engine is a high-performance dual-fuel engine that can use both methanol and A heavy fuel oil, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 10% compared to ships with the same hull and powered by fuel oil, contributing to a reduced environmental impact. 

In the future, the use of green methanol(2) may lead to further reduction in CO2 emissions, including throughout the lifecycle of the fuel. Methanol-fueled RORO ships have already entered into service as ocean-going vessels around the world, but this is the first construction of coastal vessels for service in Japan.

In addition, the significant increase in vehicle loading capacity and transport capacity per voyage compared to conventional vessels will provide greater leeway in the ship allocation schedule, securing more holiday and rest time for the crew, thereby contributing to working style reforms.

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, to address the growing needs from the modal shift in marine transport against the backdrop of CO2 reductions in land transportation, labor shortages, and working style reforms, will continue to work with its business partners to provide solutions for a range of societal issues by building ferries and RORO vessels with excellent fuel efficiency and environmental performance that contribute to stable navigation for customers.


Photo credit: Mitsubishi Shipbuilding
Published: 20 June, 2024

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Maersk and Nike to christen methanol-fuelled boxship at Port of Los Angeles in August

Powered by methanol for its maiden voyage and capable of carrying more than 16,000 containers, the vessel will get its new name at a private ceremony at Port of Los Angeles Outer Harbor.






A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) on Wednesday (19 June) said it will be christening one of the world’s first methanol-enabled vessels when it arrives in Los Angeles this August.

The firm invited the public to go aboard the container ship in Los Angeles.

Powered by methanol for its maiden voyage and capable of carrying more than 16,000 containers (TEU), the vessel will get its new name at a private ceremony at the Port of Los Angeles Outer Harbor on Tuesday, August 27. 

Maersk’s CEO Vincent Clerc will be on hand, alongside special guest speakers from Nike and leading state and local officials. Nike is a partner in the name-giving event.

“Nike is committed to protecting the future of sport and we leverage science-based targets to guide us through our Move to Zero journey,” said Venkatesh Alagirisamy, Nike Chief Supply Chain Officer.

“Operating one of the largest supply chains in the world, we have a responsibility to advance the innovation and use of more sustainable methods that get us closer to zero carbon and zero waste. By working with suppliers like Maersk, who share our commitment to sustainability, we are scaling our use of biofuels in ocean transportation, our main first-mile delivery channel.”

“This event is not only an opportunity to celebrate a remarkable engineering achievement, but the chance to highlight that we can navigate towards more sustainable supply chains if we work together,” said Charles van der Steene, Regional President for Maersk North America.

On Wednesday, August 28, Maersk invites the public to tour the 350-meter-long vessel, which will be sailing from Asia. Visitors will be able to see the Sailors’ living quarters and even stand on the bridge from where the captain controls the vessel. Public tours will require visitors register for a free ticket via an online registration site that will be activated and announced in August.

This is the fifth container vessel in Maersk’s fleet that can sail on green methanol bunker fuel.


Photo credit: A.P. Moller – Maersk
Published: 20 June, 2024

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Methanol Institute: Innovative developments and strategic collaborations (Week 24, 10-16 June 2024)

This week highlights notable advancements in methanol fuel technology, strategic partnerships, and industry analyses, underscoring the maritime sector’s ongoing commitment to sustainable fuel solutions.





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The Methanol Institute, provides an exclusive weekly commentary on developments related to the adoption of methanol as a bunker fuel, including significant related events recorded during the week, for the readers of bunkering publication Manifold Times:

The past week saw further additions to the potential capacity for production of methanol with announcement of a new facility using waste biomass to create biomethanol for the maritime market. Elsewhere, plans for additional port storage was announced at key ports in China. Finally, analysis by Ship & bunker shows that almost half of the bunker capacity represented by the newbuilding orderbook will be powered by alternative fuels.

Methanol marine fuel related developments for Week 24 of 2024:

Norway to Develop Bio-e-Methanol Production Facility

Date: June 10, 2024

Key Points: Glocal Green and Norwegian Hydrogen are partnering to build a bio-e-methanol plant in Øyer, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway. The facility will produce 150,000 metric tonnes of bio-e-methanol annually, using hydrogen and CO2 from bio-waste and wood waste. The project aims to support the maritime sector's transition to green fuels, leveraging local renewable resources to create sustainable methanol, thus contributing to Norway's environmental goals and the broader global push for cleaner energy solutions.

Green Marine Fuels and Vopak Collaborate on Green Methanol Storage Facilities

Date: June 12, 2024

Key Points: Green Marine Fuels Trading and Vopak have announced a strategic partnership to develop green methanol storage facilities at key ports, including Shanghai Caojing and Tianjin Lingang in China. This collaboration aims to expand the infrastructure needed to support the growing demand for green methanol as a sustainable marine fuel. The facilities will enhance the supply chain for green methanol, aligning with global efforts to decarbonize the shipping industry and promote the use of alternative fuels.

Global Orderbook Analysis: Conventional vs. Alternative Bunker Fuel Demand

Date: June 13, 2024

Key Points: An analysis of the global newbuilding orderbook, conducted by Ship and Bunker, reveals that of a total 33.8 million tonnes (mt) of bunker demand, alternative fuelled ships represent 46% or 15.6mt of bunker demand.

Methanol accounts for 3.2 mt (10%) compared to 10.5mt (31%) for LNG, a figure skewed by the vast orderbook for LNG carriers which partly use their cargo as fuel.

The data from DNV Alternative Fuels Insight indicates a significant shift towards alternative fuels, driven by containerships and LNG carriers, reflecting the maritime industry's continuing focus on reducing carbon emissions and adopting greener fuel options.


Photo credit: Methanol Institute
Published: 20 June, 2024

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