Swiss-Swedish cooperation for methanol
Proman, a major producer of methanol headquartered in Switzerland, is working with Stena Line, a Swedish shipping company that operates about 140 vessels, on alternative fuels. By switching to this clean-burning fuel, methanol-powered vessels can significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions.
Sulphur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter emissions are practically eliminated, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduced, and nitrogen oxide (NOx) is cut by about 60%.
Per Westling, CEO, Stena ro-ro, commented: “We believe that methanol is a clear frontrunner in shipping’s search for fuels beyond the fossil default. We converted "Stena Germanica" to methanol power already in 2015 with another partner.”
The plans for a retrofit & supply solution build on the previously announced joint venture between Stena Bulk and Proman for three methanol-ready tankers. The first of these vessels, the 49,900 dwt "Stena Pro Patria" will be delivered in early 2022, with a further three Proman-owned but mutually operated dual-fuel vessels due in 2023.
The global shipping industry is responsible for about 2.9% of global greenhouse gas emissions, which equals almost 1 billion t of carbon each year. Unchecked, emissions could increase by as much as 130% from 2008 levels by 2050. (sh)