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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.

DFDS Launches Ambitious Climate Action Plan – Climate Neutral in 2050

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DFDS decided to become climate neutral by 2050 and is aiming for a relative reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions by 25-35% (between 2019 and 2030).

Three key climate plan actions:

  • Next 10 years: 29 technical initiatives aim to reduce emissions from the ferry fleet: bulb and propeller modifications, anti-fouling, decision support systems for fuel performance…
  • Long-term: zero emission fuels to replace fossil fuels. The new fuels are sustainable as they consist of renewable energy stored in the form of ammonia, hydrogen, or methanol.
  • Reduce emissions from third-party haulier trucks, own trucks and equipment used in port terminals

In 2019, the network emitted around two million tons of CO2 of which 90% was from ferries and the rest mainly from logistics operations.

Port of Kiel: Ferry Traffic Contributing More and More to Overall Transshipment Rate

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The Port of Kiel achieved a sound result last year, with cruise and ferry traffic still in growth modus.

The focus of investments lies on the implementation of the BLUE PORT strategy: shore power and intermodal traffic. Port of Kiel will be climate-neutral by 2030. “About €15 million are being invested in the construction of shore power plants. They will be ready in 2020. All three ferry and cruise terminals will be equipped. Color Line was the first to have shore power.

The core business of the port is the general cargo handled in the ferry traffic sector and with nearly 6 million tons it accounts for 85 % of the overall transhipment activities by now.

The biggest volume handled was on the DFDS Kiel – Klaipeda (Lithuania) service.

The additional freight ferry from Color Line has a positive impact on the route Kiel – Oslo whereas fewer unaccompanied trailers were transported between Kiel and Gothenburg.