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17 December 2018 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 13:43 GMT+1



May 30, 2018

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New searches evidence the qualities of the which combustible methanol for the ships

The first ships fed with this substance already are put in service in 2016 from the Canadian Waterfront Shipping Company

If the which liquified natural gas is a fuel that comes more and more taken in consideration in the naval field which alternative to traditional liquid fuels derived from the oil for the feeding of the systems of propulsion and the other engines of the ships, with the scope to reduce the produced polluting emissions from the marine transport, during the last few years the searches are multiplied also in order to estimate for this purpose use it of the methanol, studies that have already carried to the introduction of this alcoholic substance, up to now produced from the natural gas or the coal, as fuel for ships commissioning two years ago in the fleet of the Canadian Waterfront Shipping Company (WFS)(on 12 April 2016).

Between the activities of search on the methanol to naval use, some of more you deepen are realized in Germany. Mondays to Amburgo are introduced the final results of the triennial project MethaShip, that it is financed by the German federal government through the Ministry of the Economy and the Energy (BMWi) and is got ahead by a consortium constituted from the German navalmeccaniche societies Meyer Werft and Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG), from the compatriots Caterpillar Motoren, Diesel HELM and MAN & Turbo and from the British Lloyd's Register. Between the scopes of the project there was the planning of a cruise ship and a ferry with fed propulsion to methanol.

One of the main results of the MethaShip project has been that to reach the conclusion that the synthetic methanol, in particular, is a fuel that anticipates the potentialities for being considered usable within a strategy of reduction of the emissions of the shipping, even if they must still be clarified some technical and financial details so that the methanol can be employed in ongoing way in the marine transport.

Recently they are profitable famous also the final results of the analogous project Sustainable Marine Methanol (SUMMETH) that it is financed by the Swedish County of Västra Götaland, by the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA), by the Methanol Institute (ME) and by the Oiltanking German with the scope to study the planning and the development of engines to methanol for small ships, to estimate the environmental benefits correlated to the employment of the methanol as fuel for the ships and the modalities of transport and supply of this substance.

The outcomes of project SUMMETH evidence as lead experimental studies with fuel made up of methanol have demonstrated a remarkable reduction of the nitrogen oxide emissions and that I use it of the produced renewable methanol from raw materials as residual of wood and from the black liqueur deriving from the process of manufacturing of the cellulose flesh which combustible for small ships it can determine a reduction of the 75-90% of the gas emissions greenhouse regarding the use of the naphta. Within this project also a project for the conversion is developed to uses it of the methanol of the Swedish ferry Jupiter, that it is along 86 meters, can transport 397 passengers and 60 automobiles and is employed on the route between Östano and Ljusterö in the northeastern area of the archipelago of Stockholm.


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