Regulations for methanol sailings underway

Methanol is one of the options shipping companies have for improving their environmental impact and complying with the upcoming sulfur regulations set to come into force on Jan. 1, 2020. The IMO is now preparing the first draft of its guidelines for the new fuel type.

A number of carriers such as Stena already burn methanol to propel their vessels, and the IMO is now in the process of establishing guidelines for sailing on the alternative fuel.

Several observers predict that methanol will be among the more widespread fuel types from Jan.1, 2020, when the global sulfur cap enters force. From that date, all vessel types will have to sail on marine gas oil with a sulfur content of less than 0.5 percent, unless the ships have a scrubber installed on board.

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