Maersk order prompts ketchup effect in methanol-fueled shipping engines

Interest in methanol as an alternative fuel in shipping has grown markedly following Maersk’s order for a series of large container vessels powered by the fuel, says MAN SVP. Methanol supply could become a problem.

Carrier interest in ship engines powered by methanol is growing markedly, says MAN Energy Solutions SVP Bjarne Foldager. | Photo: MAN

Demand for ship engines in large ships capable of sailing on the alternative fuel methanol is growing markedly at the moment – not least of all since Maersk last year ordered engines for eight large methanol container ships with an option to buy engines for an additional four vessels.

So says one of the world’s leading developers of ship engines, MAN Energy Solutions, which is seeing significant growth in shipping’s interest in alternative fuels such as methanol and ammonia.

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