The Methanol Institute, the trade association for the global methanol industry, has welcomed the completion of draft interim guidelines covering the safety of ships using methyl/ethyl alcohol as fuel by IMO’s sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC5).
The draft guidelines, which were agreed at the end of the sub-committee’s weeklong meeting, are designed to facilitate the safe design and operation of ships powered by methyl/ethyl alcohol.
The ultimate aim is to add a new chapter on methyl/ethyl alcohol to the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (The IGF Code). CCC5 agreed that draft interim guidelines should be finalized urgently, with a commitment to add new section to the IGF Code as soon as possible.
“The maritime industry faces significant challenges in terms of meeting 2020 emissions standards and the longer term goal of the IMO’s targets for greenhouse gas reduction,”
says Chris Chatterton, chief operating officer of the Methanol Institute. “Methanol is compliant with 2020 and provides a pathway to achieving carbon emission targets. These guidelines and ultimately its inclusion in the IGF Code are a further milestone to achieving a cleaner, more sustainable maritime industry.”
Methanol is already safely in use as a marine fuel on board seven tankers operated by Waterfront Shipping, as well as the Stena Germanica ro-pax ferry.