Methanol as Marine Fuel

The International Maritime Organization ("IMO") produces international air pollution standards that will in the upcoming years become increasingly stringent for coastal areas also known as Emission Control Areas ("ECAs"). With simple vessel modifications to be able to run on a dual-fuel diesel/methanol engine, methanol can offer a marine fuel alternative that will comply with current as well as future standards.

Clean Fuel

While one container ship may cause as much pollution as 50 million cars, emitting up to 5,000 tons of SOx per year, methanol is a biodegradable sulfur free fuel, emitting zero SOx. Methanol offers a viable fuel solution for current emission standards as well as for future lower emission standards.


Methanol fuel offers a way to comply with the IMO standards without the need to install NOx "abatement equipment" or that for SOx and particulate matter.

The cost of retrofitting a marine vessel is much lower than for alternative clean fuels.


The Stena Line retrofit project includes the conversion of four diesel engines into dual-fuel methanol/diesel engines. Stena Germanica is the world’s first methanol-powered conversion of an existing vessel. So far, results have been promising. Learn More »

Methanex has commissioned seven new-build methanol tankers fired on methanol.
The two-stroke dual-fuel engines can run on methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil, or gas oil.
Methanol as A Marine Fuel Report (Download PDF) »

The Swedish Maritime Administration started a project to convert a small Volvo Penta marine engine on board a pilot ship. The study clearly identified methanol as the clean fuel of choice and additional work on this project is continuing.
GreenPilot Project »
GreenPilot project holds kick-off seminar »
Conversion of a Pilot Boat to Operation on Methanol »

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