Sep 14, 2022 | Ship classification news

ABS has granted approval in principle (AIP) to CSSC Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding and China Ship Design & Research Centre (CSDC) for what is thought to be the world’s first methanol-powered Newcastlemax Bulk Carrier.

The dual-fuel, 210,000 dwt vessel is equipped with the methanol tank capacity to fully meet endurance requirements on methanol fuel alone.

Patrick Ryan, ABS SVP Global Engineering and Technology, said: “Methanol as marine fuel is a promising fuel with the potential to support the industry’s journey to low- and zero-carbon operations. ABS is involved in multiple methanol-fuelled projects, with leading operators all over the world. We are pleased to use our insight and experience to support this innovative bulk carrier design.”

Yu Dexin, GM CSDC added: “As early as 2016, CSDC realised the feasibility of methanol as a decarbonisation fuel for ships and carried out relevant design and research continuously. In the research and development of this ship, we used our knowledge and experiences to make the ship have a good technical maturity and high reliability. We hope to bring more commercial and social value to our customers while continuously improving ship technology.”

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