Maritime Knowledge Centre has supported a consortium of leading international maritime companies, to join forces to study methanol as a marine fuel. It aims to investigate the feasibility of methanol as a sustainable alternative transport fuel in the maritime sector. Major shipowners Boskalis, The Royal Netherlands Navy, Van Oord and Wagenborg Shipping, together with shipbuilders, Damen Shipyards, Feadship, Royal IHC and major marine engine manufacturers Pon Power and Wärtsilä together with their trade association VIV will take part in the consortium. Specialized marine equipment suppliers like Marine Service Noord and maritime service providers including C-Job Naval Architects complete the maritime supply chain.
For studying the infrastructure and supply chain for methanol is also addressed by the participation two largest ports of The Netherland; Rotterdam and Amsterdam, as well as methanol suppliers BioMCN and Helm Proman and trade organization Methanol Institute.
The Green Maritime Methanol project is expexted to be completed within two years and is supported by TKI Maritime and the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs.