MOL takes methanol fuel lead

Tokyo: Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has ordered methanol carriers with the world’s first methanol burned dual-fuelled low-speed diesel main engine completed by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES).

MOL ordered methanol carriers, which will be equipped with this diesel main engine, from Minaminippon Shipbuilding. The vessels will be delivered in 2016, and serve for Waterfront Shipping under a long-term charter contract. Waterfront is a wholly owned subsidiary of Methanex Corporation, one of the largest methanol producers and traders in the world.

“By burning methanol with this diesel main engine, emissions of CO2 and NOx are significantly less when burning methanol rather than fuel oil,” MOL said in a statement.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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