Yachting Clean Fuel Alternatives Investigated by Dutch Shipyards; A group of Dutch maritime companies are coming together to determine if methanol is a sustainable alternative for transport fuel in the yachting sector in a study supported by the Maritime Knowledge Centre. The Green Maritime Methanol project will look at alternative marine fuels as viable possibilities for either conversion on the existing fleet or new builds.
The partnership includes a variety of participants, including the Royal Netherlands Navy, Van Oord and Wagenborg Shipping and Boskalis. Superyacht builders Feadship and Damen Shipyards, in addition to engine manufacturers Wärtsilä and Pon Power, will also participate.
Leading research institutes from the Netherlands such as NLDA, TU Delft, TNO and Marin plan to invest and lend their expertise as well. The institutes will provide both research and knowledge building assistance to the project by studying engine and ship configurations, performances, operational profiles, various emissions, and other related topics.
Feadship plans to be an active partner on the project and will share its knowledge on the handling of fuel and demands of energy for superyachts. Francis Vermeer, communications manager at Feadship, said the shipyard will keep a close watch on energy transition developments, as these will have an influence on yacht design and operation in the coming decade. For this reason, Feadship will continue to research alternative propulsion methods, electrical systems and similar facets.
The Green Maritime Methanol project which could lead to development of a transitional energy carrier due to current availability, environmental, handling and energy density aspects that fall between the properties of fossil diesel and ultra-clean hydrogen.
The yachting Green Maritime Methanol project is due for completion within two years and is supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and TKI Maritime.
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