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Major Dutch maritime firms join forces to study methanol as fuel

A consortium of major Dutch maritime companies has joined forces to look into the feasibility of using methanol as a sustainable alternative bunker fuel under the Green Maritime Methanol project.

The consortium includes shipowners Boskalis, The Royal Netherlands Navy, Van Oord, Wagenborg Shipping; shipbuilders Damen Shipyards, Feadship, Royal IHC; engine manufacturers Pon Power, Wartsila and their trade association VIV; equipment suppliers Marine Service Noord; and service providers including C-Job Naval Architects.

Work to study the infrastructure and supply chain for methanol is addressed by the participation of the Netherlands’ two largest ports, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, as well as methanol suppliers BioMCN and Helm Proman and trade organisation The Methanol Institute.

Some of the Netherlands’ research institutes including TNO, TU Delft, NLDA and Marin will invest and provide knowledge-building and research capacity for the project. This will be done by studying operational profiles, ship and engine configurations, performances, various emissions as well as other relevant issues.

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“The inclusion of shipowners, shipyards, OEMs, ports and methanol suppliers demonstrates the strong interest to integrate experience and knowledge from the entire value chain in the Green Maritime Methanol project. As part of the project, the partners will look at concrete possibilities to adopt methanol as marine fuel on either newbuilds or conversions of the existing fleet,” said Pieter Boersma, business director maritime & offshore of TNO.

The Green Maritime Methanol project is supported by TKI Maritime and the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and will be completed within two years.

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