• 2020 October 30 17:38

    Expert considers methanol to be more environmentally friendly marine fuel than LNG

    The use of alternative fuels in marine industry is determined and actually forced by international and national constraints, Gennady Yegorov, General Director of Marine Engineering Bureau, said at the 4th “LNG Fleet, LNG Bunkering and Alternatives” conference organized by IAA PortNews.

    “The fight with NOx and SOx has been lasting from 2005. Compliance with NOx standards is possible through improvement of equipment, marine diesel engines (Tier I, Tier II) and through the use of catalyst agents (Tier III) while compliance with SOx standards – first through reduction of sulphur content in conventional fuel and from 1 January 2020 though installation of scrubbers or using low-sulphur fuel and other types of fuel like LNG and methanol with almost zero emissions of NOx. In 2011, new phase of CO2 fight began through application of an efficiency coefficient (CO2 emitted per deadweight tonne-nautical mile). This instrument even raised the interest to alternative fuels and to optimization of hull shape”, said the expert.

    “However, the irony is that all requirements are about using fuel while all types of fuel should be produced somehow. Hazardous substances including GHG are emitted during the production process as well”, emphasized the speaker.

    According to him, synthesizing of alternative fuels is quite energy intense. For example, the research of Е.А. Mirenkova (Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automotive Engines Institute, 2019) showed that energy consumption throughout the entire life cycle in case of using LNG (by duel-fuel diesel engines, not gas and diesel) or methanol are 32% higher than in case of using diesel fuel.

    Meanwhile, reduction of CO2 emissions in case of using LNG is 4-6% less versus using diesel fuel, that of methanol – 11% less.

    Besides, Gennady Yegorov emphasized that CO2 is not the only GHG. Methane, is even more harmful for the ozone layer and considerable amount of it is emitted from engines running on LNG.  The equivalent GHG emissions throughout a life cycle is 12% less in case of using methanol and by 4% less in case of using LNG as compared with diesel fuel.

    “However, emissions throughout a life cycle of fuel including its production are not considered by IMO and have no impact on selection of marine fuel although methanol looks more environmentally friendly than LNG in this respect”, said Gennady Yegorov.




2020 December 4

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18:20 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg launches unified platform for data exchange with Russian Railways
18:06 Ørsted completes the construction of the largest in the Netherlands offshore wind farm
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17:26 Hapag-Lloyd announces PSS from Far East to North Europe and Mediterranean
17:04 Zvezda Shipyard lays down shuttle tanker of ARC6 class
16:52 Lloyd's Register to acquire C-MAP Commercial from Navico Group
16:35 WDP builds multimodal mega-distribution centre in North Sea Port
16:05 Volkswagen powers car freighters with used oil from restaurants
15:24 Marvesa and Koole Terminals sign an agreement to build and use a new tank storage terminal in the Port of Rotterdam
15:09 Cargo traffic within Azov-Don Basin of Russia’s IWWs grew by 7.6% in 2020
14:11 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from North Europe to Kenya and Tanzania
13:45 Nefteflot lays down third cruise ship of Project PV20S
13:13 The Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority approves the merger prospectus concerning the combination of Cargotec nd Konecranes
12:24 Kapitan Metsayk icebreaker arrives at Azov seaport
12:01 Austal Australia launches first of two cape class patrol boats for Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard
11:40 Klaipėdos Nafta joins Lithuanian hydrogen platform
11:19 Bunker prices started decreasing at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
11:18 Odfjell SE agrees to acquire Lindsay Goldberg’s stake in Korea terminal
11:09 CMA CGM announces THC for import / export Finland, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Belfast (UK)
10:55 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec.04
10:49 Port of Long Beach prioritizes dual transactions
10:37 NSR cargo traffic grew by 4.2% in 11M’2020
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09:14 Baltic Dry Index as of December 3

2020 December 3

18:31 ABS, Hyundai Heavy Industries Group and the Marshall Islands Registry JDP creates coating needing just one application
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18:03 Torqeedo powers Thailands first electric passenger ferry fleet
17:28 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard delivers dry cargo carrier Alfa Mercury
17:06 Wärtsilä signs 5-year agreement with LMM for the main engines for two VLGCs
17:02 Bunker Weekly Outlook, Dec 03, 2020
16:50 The 1st Hackathon dedicated to innovation in the port sector in Morocco launches from December 18 to January 29
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16:05 Cargotec’s Board of Directors has decided to initiate a sales process for Navis software business
15:59 Rosatom to establish Marine Operations Headquarters for NSR
15:34 Port of Antwerp tightens regulations regarding byloads inside second-hand vehicles
15:22 Operation of unmanned navigation test basin on Neva river to continue next season
15:04 Maersk Tankers adds four Xihe-owned tankers to its pools
14:24 Equinor and SINTEF enter into a strategic collaboration agreement
14:02 Investment reaps rewards for Pilbara’s ports
13:40 Bunker market sees mixed price movements in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:02 Trafigura becomes a major investor in green hydrogen with H2 Energy
12:34 RF Government drafted decree on providing state support to construction of large-capacity ships
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11:00 BW LPG enters into agreements to sell two vessels
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09:48 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec.03
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09:16 Baltic Dry Index as of December 2

2020 December 2

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