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Green Maritime Methanol GMM - - Final Report


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  • Green Maritime Methanol GMM - - Final Report




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  • GMM Consortium — Not Specified
  • MKC — Netherlands
  • TNO — Netherlands


Date issued: 2021


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Dublin Core Type: Text

  • Abstract

    The maritime sector is facing a major challenge. Whilst a globally growing economy leads to greater demand for the transport of goods, the goals from the Paris Climate Agreement and the subsequent agreement of the IMO requires a 50% reduction of CO2-emissions from maritime transport by 2050 compared to the level of 2008. Several stakeholders (including policy makers, engine manufacturers, ship building companies and research institutes) are working on the development of new alternative fuels and energy carriers for shipping, such as methanol, hydrogen, various biofuels and battery-electric systems. There remains significant
    uncertainty as to which are the best options for the short as well as the longer term, and what the best options are for different ship segments (e.g. short sea or intercontinental freight transport, naval vessels or passenger ships). Solutions for shipping segments for the short term should contribute to a significant reduction in CO2-emissions, but also should be compliant with regulations on air pollutants such as the 2020 Global Sulphur Cap and NOx Emission
    In literature, the use of methanol as an alternative energy carrier for maritime shipping is considered to be a promising option for implementation in the short to medium term, based on its availability, emission reduction potential and energy density. However, in order to assess the feasibility of methanol in different shipping markets and make the next step towards implementation, knowledge needed to be developed in several areas. The following topics for
    applying methanol as an energy carrier for shipping have been identified:
    # Overall technical and operational requirements:
    – Investigation of different options for applying methanol in a ship engine,
    – Safe storage and handling of methanol on board, and
    – Bunkering safety and operations.
    # Economic and environmental viability:
    – Overall market potential of application of methanol,
    – Investigation of different production and supply chain routes, and
    – Effect of different production routes on emissions,
    # Translation of these overall results into different shipping markets:
    – Detailed ship design based on the specific technical layout and operational profile for different vessel types, and
    – Business Case for applying methanol for these different vessels.

    In the Green Maritime Methanol project, a consortium of leading Dutch and international maritime companies and knowledge institutes have joined forces to investigate these topics.
    The consortium brought together a wide set of stakeholders in order to bring extensive experience and knowledge for the different topics. The following 30 partners participated actively in the consortium:
    # Major shipowners Boskalis, The Royal Netherlands Navy, Rijksrederij, DEME, Arklow Shipping, Van Oord, Wagenborg Shipping and the associate carrier organization KVNR,
    # Shipbuilding companies, Damen Shipyards, Feadship, Royal IHC,
    # Major marine engine manufacturers Pon Power, MTU and Wärtsilä together with their trade association VIV,
    # Specialized marine systems design and equipment supplier Marine Service Noord and maritime service provider C-Job Naval Architects,
    # Class societies Bureau Veritas and Lloyd’s Register,
    # The Netherlands’ two largest ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam,
    # Methanol suppliers BioMCN and Helm Proman and trade organisation The Methanol Institute, and
    # Research Institutes TNO, TU Delft, NLDA, MARIN and Ghent University, supported by the Maritime Knowledge Centre.

    The Green Maritime Methanol project was supported by TKI Maritime and the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and has been completed in two years.

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