Nov 22, 2022 | Marine fuel & lubricant news

Classification society Korean Register (KR) and Ulsan Port Authority (UPA) have signed an MoU to support methanol-fuelled ships and establish the South Korean port as a low-carbon, eco-friendly energy hub.

As methanol is a clean burning marine fuel, it is said to produce 99% less SOx, 80% less NOx and 25% less GHG emissions compared to conventional marine fuels. A growing number of dual-fuel methanol vessels are being ordered by international shipping companies, and in October South Korean shipping company KSS Marine took delivery of the country’s first methanol powered vessel, Savonetta Sun, a 50,000 dwt product tanker.

The agreement was made in response to the low-carbon energy transition underway in the shipping and port industries.

UPA VP JEONG Chang-gyu said: “UPA is actively working to make eco-friendly, and low-carbon fuels become more of a universal feature in shipping and port markets. We will support the widespread use of methanol-fuelled ships and methanol bunkering in cooperation with KR using Ulsan port, one of the key energy hubs of North-East Asia.”

Both organisations will collaborate on regulatory reform, deregulation of methanol-fuelled ships and methanol bunkering, utilising independent tank terminals in Ulsan as methanol storage facilities, testing methanol bunkering at Ulsan port and building methanol supply infrastructure in Korean ports.

Purestream advert
Danfoss - Marpol approved
Advertise with Clean Shipping International