Methanol as a fuel
Methanol is emerging as a potential alternative fuel for shipping. When produced from sustainable hydrogen and CO2 by direct air capture, it is a carbon neutral fuel. Since 2015 methanol is in use on a small scale (Stena Germanica) but the amount of ships that will be using methanol as a marine fuel is expected to grow fast the coming decade.
The Clean Marine Fuels Working Group is working on developing safety tools for Methanol as a marine fuel.
In the meantime, the Port of Amsterdam, which is a member of the Clean Marine Fuels Working Group, has published an external safety study with DNV on bunkering of alternative marine fuel for seagoing vessels and on spatial considerations when looking at installing bunkering infrastructure at ports for fuels such as methanol. The report can be downloaded here.