Ship Photos of the Day – World’s First Methanol-Powered Tankers
Today’s ship images present the Taranaki Sun, one in every of three new ocean going tankers which might be the primary ever to run on clean-burning methanol.
The vessels, the Lindanger, Mari Jone and Taranaki Sun, are the primary three in a collection of seven complete 50,000 DWT tankers constructed with the first-of-its variety MAN B&W ME-LGI 2-stroke dual-fuel engines that may run on methanol, gas oil, marine diesel oil, or gasoline oil. The engine was developed by MAN Diesel & Turbo and relies on the corporate’s confirmed ME-series, with its roughly 5,000 engines in service.
The vessels are being constructed by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. for a partnership involving Waterfront Shipping Company Ltd. (WFS), Marinvest/Skagerack Invest (Marinvest), Westfal-Larsen Management (WL), and Mitsui O.S.Ok. Lines, Ltd. (MOL).
Lindanger was the primary to be delivered to WL on April 20 by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, with the Taranaki Sun delivered to MOL on April 22 and the Mari Jone to be delivered to Marinvest/WFS on April 28. All seven vessels within the collection will probably be chartered by Waterfront Shipping.
“When operating on methanol, the ME-LGI significantly reduces emissions of CO2, NOx and SOx. Additionally, any operational switch between methanol and other conventional fuels is seamless,” states Ole Grøne Senior Vice President, Head of Marketing and Sales, MAN Diesel & Turbo.
The remaining 4 vessels will probably be delivered by October 2016.
The Stena Line ferry Stena Germanica is at the moment the one industrial ship on the planet that makes use of methanol as its major gas. The ship returned to service in March 2015 after having been transformed on the Remontowa Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland. The ferry operates between Kiel, Germany and Gothenburg, Sweden.