Methanol is a globally available fuel, in over 100 ports worldwide, and among the lowest emission fuels for marine engines.  Methanol is already making an impact in ports and on the high seas, powering tankers, ferries, pilot boats and more.
Methanol requires only minor modifications to current bunkering infrastructure and works with existing engine technologies as a drop-in or a dual-fuel. Methanol complies with International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 regulations and provides a pathway for vessel owners and operators to reach IMO2030 and IMO2050 CO2 reduction goals.

Measuring Maritime Emissions

The Methanol Institute (MI) is calling on maritime policy-makers to adopt a ‘well-to-wake’ approach in GHG accounting of fuels to support the decarbonization of maritime transport.  MI believes an approach that accounts for GHG emissions of the fuel’s entire value chain is essential to stimulate the uptake of renewable fuels that can drive the maritime industry’s energy transition.

Methanol: An Emerging Marine Fuel

Methanol is a simple, safe liquid fuel, miscible in water, and is plentiful, available globally, price competitive to MGO. It works with existing engine technologies as a drop-in or a dual fuel. It also complies with IMO2020 providing a pathway to IMO 2030 and 2050. It requires only minor modifications to current bunkering infrastructure. Read the presentation to see more benefits of using methanol as a marine fuel. 

Low Emission Advanced Products Tanker

A coalition of some of the leading names in sustainable shipping collaborated on a Joint Industry Project to enable product tanker charterers and shipowners to utilize Methanol as fuel regardless of the cargo carried. The Methanol Institute worked with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, MAN Energy Solutions, and DNV to develop a design that meets all prevailing safety requirements with minimal loss of cargo capacity and low additional build costs. The infographic illustrates how the commercial, environmental and technical challenges were met and highlight the advantages of a Methanol-dual fuel design.

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