World's First Methanol Powered Ferry Sets Sail

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Wednesday April 8, 2015

Stena Line has announced that late last month the world's first methanol powered ferry, Stena Germanica, entered service between Kiel and Gothenburg.

The refitted dual fuel ferry will run on methanol as a primary fuel source, but has the option to use marine gasoil (MGO) as a back up.

Stena Line said by using methanol it would cut down sulfur and particulate emissions by 99 percent.

"We are very enthusiastic about methanol's possibilities and it has the potential to be the maritime fuel of the future," said Stena Line CEO Carl-Johan Hagman.

"We want to pursue change and development in the shipping sector and, with the Stena Germanica, our environmental impact will be completely different to what the industry has seen before."

The RoPax ferry had been out of service since January while it was refitted to run on methanol bunkers.

The refit project has seen a collaboration between Stena Line and Wärtsilä, and the work was carried out at the Remontova shipyard in Gdansk, Poland.