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GSI in sea trails of first methanol powered tanker built in China

Photo: GSI Stena Pro GSI.JPG
Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) has started sea trials of the Stena Pro Patria, the first methanol powered dual-fuel tanker constructed in China.

GSI signed the deal to build three dual-fuel 49,990dwt tankers with Proman Stena Bulk, the other two ships presently under construction being Stena Pro Marine and Stena Prosperous which are due to complete this year.

GSI further confirms the owner has extended the deal to build three additional ships to the same design.

Each tanker uses the latest energy efficiency technology including continually controlled combustion, optimised tuning, redesigned and aerodynamic hull lines and an energy shaft generator reducing fuel consumption. It will significantly slash NOx emissions by using around 12,500 tons of methanol as marine fuel a year powered by an MAN dual-fuel 6G50ME C9.6 engine, without catalyst conversion, said GSI vice president William Zhou.

GSI has built a total of 32 dual fuel ships including two LNG propulsion ropax vessels, two LNG propulsion Suez tankers, 14 LNG propulsion LR2 tankers, eight LNG propulsion PCTCs and six methanol propulsion MR tankers.