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Methanol: the Marine Fuel of the Future
Start date: Dec 31, 2012, End date: Dec 30, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This pilot action will test the performance of methanol on the existing passenger ferry Stena Germanica operating between the ports of Gothenburg and Kiel. The Stena Germanica is the worlds second largest Ro-Pax ferry.The running of the Stena Germanica on methanol will allow the vessel to comply with the new Sulphur Emission Control Area rules ahead of the 2015 deadline.The proposed Action will provide the real live test to prove the feasibility of methanol as a future fuel for shipping, deliver the engine conversion kit which can be further implemented on other ships, and provide the important and ultimate piloting culmination of many years of research.In addition to retrofitting the vessel, the pilot action will also create the appropriate port infrastructure for the supply of methanol for bunkering: a bunker vessel and a storage tank will be built to carry methanol, as well as the corresponding facilities in both ports.The projectwill bring benefits to the Motorways of the Sea (TEN-T Priority Project 21) on the Baltic Sea as well as have positive impacts on the cohesion of the entire Baltic Sea region.The results of the Action will be shared publicly with the maritime industry. Achievements: State of progress on 31 December 2013: The project has started with completed technical designs of the methanol installations on the ferry. The selection of a shipyard is on-going. The laboratory tests of the engine conversion are on-going.The works related to installation of the methanol tank, conversion of bunkering barge and risks assessments in ports are delayed but are planned to be completed by the end of the project.

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