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Methanol Institute: Pioneering methanol adoption and sustainability initiatives (Week 22, 27 May-2 June 2024)

This week showcases significant advancements in methanol technology, strategic partnerships, and policy developments, reinforcing the maritime industry’s shift towards sustainable fuel alternatives.

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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 focus was firmly on Singapore last week where the world’s second biggest port recorded further methanol milestones. 

The port saw the MPA declare its readiness to support methanol bunkering at a commercial scale and industry players were ready to respond. 

The launching of a new bunker tanker, the conclusion of the first SIMOPs bunkering assessment and a further methanol as bunkers delivery demonstrate the industry’s readiness to meet the challenges of lowering emissions from shipping.

Methanol marine fuel related developments for Week 22 of 2024:

Singapore MPA Declares Readiness for Commercial Methanol Bunkering Operations

Date: May 27, 2024

Key Points: The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) announced its readiness to support commercial-scale methanol bunkering operations at the port. With completed safety and technical studies, Singapore is now equipped with the necessary infrastructure and regulatory frameworks. This move positions Singapore as a leading hub for alternative marine fuels, aligning with global decarbonization goals and promoting methanol as a viable, sustainable option for the maritime industry. 

Methanol Institute Names Alexander Döll as Chief Operating Officer

Date: May 28, 2024

Key Points: The Methanol Institute (MI) has appointed Alexander Döll as its new Chief Operating Officer, replacing Chris Chatterton. Döll, who will be based in Brussels, brings extensive experience from the chemical industry and energy transition sectors, having held leadership roles at OCI Global, Dow, and Hill & Knowlton. His expertise will be pivotal in advancing MI's regional operations and engaging in global policy discussions, supporting the growing role of methanol in the energy transition.

Global Energy Completes First Methanol Marine Fuel Delivery in Singapore

Date: May 28, 2024

Key Points: Global Energy Trading Pte Ltd (GET) has successfully completed its first methanol bunkering operation in Singapore. On May 24th, GET's IMO type II bunker tanker, MT Kara, delivered approximately 1,340 metric tonnes of blended methanol to the methanol-powered tanker Stena Prosperous. This milestone marks a significant step in Singapore's efforts to promote the use of alternative marine fuels, supporting the maritime industry's transition towards more sustainable energy sources.

Future Mega-Boxship Orders to Focus on Alternative Bunker Fuels

Date: May 29, 2024

Key Points:According to shipping consultancy Alphaliner, all future orders for mega-boxships are expected to feature capabilities for alternative fuels such as LNG and methanol. Currently, 88% of vessels on order are designed to operate on these greener fuels, reflecting the shipping industry's decarbonization efforts. With 229 mega-boxships projected for delivery by 2028, these ships, which consume a significant portion of global bunker fuel, are set to shift from conventional oil bunkers, impacting high-sulfur fuel oil (HSFO) demand.

VPS Completes First SIMOPS Methanol Bunkering Assessment in Singapore

Date: May 29, 2024

Key Points: Marine fuels testing company VPS has conducted its first simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) methanol bunkering assessment in Singapore. Appointed by OCI Methanol Europe, part of the OCI Global Group, VPS performed quantity and quality assessments of methanol fuel delivery to the vessel Eco Maestro. This assessment is part of Singapore's broader efforts to support methanol bunkering as a viable alternative fuel, reflecting the industry's ongoing shift towards sustainable energy sources and decarbonization initiatives.

Consortium Signs MoU to Establish Green Methanol Production Facility in Egypt

Date: May 29, 2024

Key Points: AD Ports Group, Transmar, and Orascom Construction have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop a green methanol storage and export facility in Egypt. This facility aims to provide low-carbon fuel for maritime transport, supporting decarbonization in the shipping industry. Green methanol, produced from renewable sources like green hydrogen, offers a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. This initiative aligns with the UAE's decarbonization goals and positions the consortium at the forefront of the green hydrogen revolution.

Fratelli Cosulich Launches Methanol Bunkering Tanker in Singapore

Date: May 30, 2024

Key Points: Fratelli Cosulich has launched its new bunkering tanker, Marta Cosulich, in Singapore, capable of delivering methanol. This 8,700 m³ capacity vessel is part of the company's commitment to environmental responsibility, complementing its LNG and other emerging technologies. Following methanol bunkering trials, the Singapore Maritime and Port Authority declared readiness for commercial-scale methanol bunkering operations. Fratelli Cosulich's fleet now includes five bunker tankers, enhancing its sustainable operations.

 

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Published: 11 June, 2024

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LNG Bunkering

China: River-sea LNG bunkering vessel named and delivered in Shanghai

The 14,000 cubic metre ship, “Huaihe Nengyuan Qihang”, was independently developed, designed and built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) for Huaihe Energy Holding Group.

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China: River-sea LNG bunkering vessel named and delivered in Shanghai

China’s river-to-sea LNG bunkering vessel, which was built locally, was named and delivered in Shanghai on Monday (19 July), according to the Shanghai Association of Shipbuilding Industry (SASIC). 

The 14,000 cubic metre (cbm) ship, Huaihe Nengyuan Qihang, was independently developed, designed and built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd for Huaihe Energy Holding Group as part of China’s "Gasification of the Yangtze River” project.

The ship is capable of travelling through the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge all year round and has been dubbed a “Customised Yangtze River” LNG refuelling and transportation ship.

The ship is equipped with the B-type LNG containment system independently developed by Hudong-Zhonghua and authorised by a national patent.

According to SASIC, this was the first time such a system has been applied to a domestic LNG  refuelling and transportation ship, marking a major breakthrough in the B-type LNG containment system developed by China with independent intellectual property rights.

Related: China’s first river-sea LNG bunkering ship completes inaugural bunkering operation

Disclaimer: The above article published by Manifold Times was sourced from China’s domestic market through a local correspondent. While considerable efforts have been taken to verify its accuracy through a professional translator and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty is made regarding the accuracy, completeness and reliability of any information.

 

Photo credit: Shanghai Shipbuilding Industry Association
Published: 25 July 2024

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Singapore: EPS takes delivery of LNG dual-fuel bulker “Mount Ossa”

Firm said said the last vessel in its series of six 210,000 dwt DF LNG Newcastlemaxes chartered to Rio Tinto, was successfully delivered by New Times Shipbuilding.

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Singapore: EPS takes delivery of LNG dual-fuel bulker “Mount Ossa”

Singapore-based shipping firm Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (24 July) said the last vessel in its series of six 210,000 dwt dual-fuel LNG Newcastlemaxes chartered to Rio Tinto, was successfully delivered.

The delivery of Mount Ossa marked the 21st vessel being delivered by New Times Shipbuilding to EPS.

“Despite global challenges, Rio Tinto and EPS have shown unparalleled resilience and a strong commitment to decarbonize shipping,” it said in a social media post.

“Over the past three years, these LNG-powered vessels have proven to be a sustainable choice, emitting 30% less than their conventional counterparts. We have successfully completed over 200 LNG bunkering operations, significantly reducing emissions across our fleet.”

“We celebrate our strong partnership with New Times Shipbuilding on this 21st milestone delivery to the EPS fleet, grateful to have 43 world-class vessels built and delivered, including those on order from New Times, which means we are only halfway through our esteemed collaboration.”

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 25 July 2024

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LNG Bunkering

Port Canaveral achieves first double LNG bunkering ops in North America

“Clean Canaveral” and “Clean Everglades” provided LNG bunker fuel to cruise ships “Disney Wish” and Royal Caribbean’s “Utopia of the Seas” respectively.

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Port Canaveral achieves first double LNG bunkering ops in North America

Two ATB tug-barges provided ship-to-ship LNG bunkering of two LNG-powered homeported cruise ships at Port Canaveral, a first for in North America, according to Canaveral Port Authority on Tuesday (23 July).

The sister vessels Clean Canaveral and Clean Everglades provided LNG bunker fuel to Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wish and Royal Caribbean's Utopia of the Seas respectively while each vessel was alongside their cruise terminals.

In a social media post, Canaveral Port Authority said JAX LNG, a joint venture between Pivotal LNG and Seaside LNG, was the fuel supplier.

“Port Canaveral made history in early 2021 as America's first cruise port capable of handling cleaner burning LNG fuel operations for cruise ships with the LNG bunkering for Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras,” the port authority said. 

 

Photo credit: Canaveral Port Authority
Published: 25 July 2024

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