A study for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) on the use of methanol and ethanol as marine fuels has been completed by SSPA, together with sub-contractor Lloyds Register. The study evaluates the potential of these alternative fuels as solutions for shipping to meet more stringent emissions requirements.
The report, Study on the use of ethyl and methyl alcohol as alternative fuels in shipping, was commissioned by EMSA to obtain additional information about the opportunities and challenges presented by using these fuels in the shipping industry. The study includes a compilation of information on past and current projects, characteristics of the fuels, regulations, standards, and supply and availability. In addition an analysis of safety and economic factors was carried out using a case study approach.
The main results of the study were presented at the European Sustainable Shipping Forum in early 2016 and the full report is available here: Study on the use of ethyl and methyl alcohol as alternative fuels in shipping
Methanol, an alternative fuel for greener shipping
Methanol is a promising alternative fuel for reducing emissions and improving the environmental performance of shipping. Interest in this fuel is growing, and SSPA was co-coordinator of an important pilot project to demonstrate the use of methanol fuel on-board a ship and in adapted marine engines.
Methanol as an alternative fuel for smaller vessels
Methanol also a good alternative for smaller ships operating on coastal and inland waterways, but has yet to be tested in these applications. SSPA is coordinator of a new project, “Sustainable Marine Methanol”.