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Methanol Can Be the Climate-Neutral Marine Fuel of the Future

The Fastwater project is about the use of methanol as fuel for existing ships and newbuildings.

The problems that Fastwater wants to solve are:

  1. Today’s engines do not work with methanol, but require either new engines or technology that enables the conversion of existing engines
  2. There must be a good international methanol supply chain
  3. There are many rules and regulations that need to be reviewed

The project has received five million euros from the EU to develop the new technology.

Fastwater is a project which unites universities (Lund, Ghent), engine manufacturer Anglo Belgian Corporation, shipyard Meyer Werft, Lloyds Register etc… A list with all Fastwater partners can be found here.

STENA GERMANICA was converted to be capable of running on methanol fuel in 2015.

Fastwater says a methanol-powered pilot boat will be launched in 2022.


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Lack of Expertise, Poor Negotiating at Root of Quebec Ferry Fiasco, Auditor General Finds

“STQ (Société des traversiers du Québec)’s procurement of ropax F.-A.-GAUTHIER was doomed from the start because of a lack of in-house expertise and the lack of experience at the negotiating table,” says a “Report of the Auditor General of Québec to the National Assembly for 2020-2021, October 2020”


  1. STQ did not have all the expertise to successfully carry out the project to build a ship of the scale of the MV F.-A.-Gauthier and was unable to obtain the resources necessary to make up for that shortcoming.
  2. The process used to select the shipbuilder was not in line with naval industry practices.
  3. STQ was unable to capitalize on several areas of negotiation with the shipbuilder.
  4. The measures put in place by STQ to mitigate risks in the event of the interruption of an essential ferry service were insufficient.

Report of the Auditor General of Québec to the National Assembly: Full Report in French

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Report of the Auditor General of Québec to the National Assembly: Summary in English

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Second Rail-RoPax Ferry for Russian Far East Launched

On October 30, United Shipbuilding Corporation’s Amursky Shipyard (Russian press release) launched the second of two Rail RoPax ferries.

The two ferries will be used on the Vahini-Kholmsk line (Russian Far East, between mainland and Sakhalin Island).

ALEKSANDR DEYEV and VASILY OSHCHEPKOV have been designed by MEB (Marine Enginering Bureau) for the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK).

New Tender for the Removal of THEOFILOS of Anen Lines

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The Port Authority of Elefsina announced that on December 10, 2020 will take place one more scheduled public open tender –following a Greek law about potential shipwrecks- for the removal of the old THEOFILOS of Anen Lines.  The former NILS HOLGERSSON is rusting away at Karavostasi B’ (Elefsis bay) since 2018 and considered dangerous for the navigation and safety in the area. The starting price for the tender was set to around EUR 1.5 million.

BLUE STAR DELOS Stops Sailings to Undergo Scrubber Conversion

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November 4, 2020. Blue Star Ferries’ ropax BLUE STAR DELOS was transferred to the Perama repair zone (Dock 1) in order to undergo her scheduled scrubber conversion. The popular “blue” ship is expected to return in service in February 2021, while she will be replaced by her fleetmate BLUE STAR CHIOS.

The sisters BLUE STAR CHIOS and BLUE STAR MYCONOS will follow, undergoing a similar conversion.


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POVL ANKER Looks Like Reborn

Orskov Yard has just completed a major upgrade of POVL ANKER. After a six weeks yards stay the ferry headed home to Bornholm looking like the vessel did in 1978 when it was first delivered.