ABS and Asiatic Lloyd Maritime LLP, member of the AL Group, have agreed to collaborate on a gas system conversion to methanol.

In specific, they’ve signed a joint growth venture (JDP) to check the feasibility of changing the gas system of an ultramax bulk provider. The research is concentrated on a collection of as much as eight ABS Classed ultramax bulk carriers ordered for development within the New Hantong Shipyard, China, for AL Group.

John McDonald, ABS President and COO defined that changing vessel propulsion methods to benefit from the decarbonization potential afforded by methanol goes to be an necessary a part of the business’s inexperienced vitality transition.

This joint growth venture with ABS permits us to discover actively the adoption of low-carbon gas choices for our future fleet, whereas fortifying our dedication to environmental stewardship, emissions discount, and innovation

… mentioned Friedrich Bunnemann, Managing Associate of AL Group and Asiatic Lloyd Maritime LLP.

Generally, methanol conversions appear to be rising. For instance, MAN Power Options has signed a Conversion Dedication Settlement with Seaspan Company, in partnership with Hapag-Lloyd, for dual-fuel, methanol engine conversion options.

Moreover, Wärtsilä has been employed by Swedish ferry operator Stena Line to transform a number of of its vessels to run on methanol gas.