It is reported that the Committee, among others, will approve the use of methanol as a marine fuel, while the amendments will bring ethyl and methyl alcohols, fuel cells and low-flashpoint diesel into the code.
The Methanol Institute supports that the regulatory approval will drive more ship operators to consider the use of methanol.
The IMO’s sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC5) completed draft interim guidelines covering the safety of ships using methyl/ethyl alcohol as fuel in 2018 with formal approval tabled for subsequently delayed MSC meeting in the first half of 2020.
Recently, TNO and partners in the Green Maritime Methanol Project launched a new report on methanol, highlighting the technological and economic viability of methanol as a marine fuel for the Dutch short-sea shipping sector.
In addition, Lloyd’s Register and The Methanol Institute published a bunkering technical reference to help shipowners, ports and bunker suppliers understand the processes and procedures required for the safe use of methanol as a marine fuel.
The Institute is collaborating with shipyards and shipmanagers on standard designs for ships powered by methanol and interest is growing among owners seeking a cost-effective solution to cutting carbon emissions quickly and embracing renewables in the longer term.
Up to now, twelve methanol-powered ships are already in operation with another nine on order, but inclusion in the code should shorten the time to approval and even lower the cost of constructing tankers, bulkers and containerships using methanol as fuel.