Gothenburg-based shipping firm Stena Line on Tuesday (22 June) said it has refuelled the Stena Germanica with recycled methanol bunker fuel sourced from residual steel gases.
The steel industry and maritime sector are two of the world’s biggest emitters of CO2, accounting for as much as 8 % and 2.5 % of CO2 emissions, respectively.
The development is part of results from the EU-funded FReSMe project explores the possibilities to convert CO2 to methanol via steel production to power marine transport.
Stena is one of many partners in then project, which also includes the Swedish steel production company SSAB and the Swedish metals research institute Swerim.
Methanol is a fossil fuel, but cleaner than traditional marine fuel. Sulphur and particles are reduced by 90 % and nitrogen with 60 %. The conversion project was unique and established methanol as a marine fuel, states the company.
“[This is] a great collaboration between the steel industry and maritime, showing there are ways of drastically reducing climate impact by working together,” says Erik Lewenhaupt, Head of Sustainability at Stena Line.
“For Stena Line this is another proof of concept for our methanol conversion and a bridge towards fossil free shipping.”
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Published: 28 June, 2021
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