Cargill has teamed up with Japan’s Mitsui & Co to place the first-ever order for methanol-fuelled bulkers.

Jan Dieleman, the president of the US agricultural giant’s Cargill Ocean Transportation division, said the company has ordered two dual-fuel kamsarmaxes in collaboration with Mitsui and Japanese shipbuilder Tsuneishi Group.

The scaled-down deal emerged three months after TradeWinds reported that the company was in talks to order four to six of the bulkers that could run on both methanol or conventional marine fuels.