Methanol is among the fuel technologies enabling the shipping industry to meet the IMO’s challenges of both the 2020 sulphur cap and 2050 halving of greenhouse gas emissions, says Chris Chatterton, chief operating officer of the Methanol Institute.

The 10,670-gt ropax Stena Germanica (built 2001) has been burning methanol since 2015 and completely since 2016, when it finalised full conversion of its four main engines as part of a carbon-displacement programme.

Far fewer emissions, reduced environmental impact and lower fuel consumption are all said to be benefits of a fuel that has tended to slip below the radar compared with LNG, operator Stena Line says.