Tanker Shipping & Trade editor Craig Jallal today attended the naming ceremony of Mari Couva and Mari Kokako, which mark a new generation of methanol burning product chemical tankers
Marinvest of Sweden and partners Waterfront Shipping and Methanex are today (Friday 16 August 2019) celebrating the naming ceremony of two 49,000-dwt second-generation product chemical tankers, Mari Couva and Mari Kokako at the Hyundai Mipo shipyard in South Korea.
The vessels will use their Jotun zinc-coated tanks and Framo deep-well pump-equipped tanks to carry methanol as a cargo on behalf of methanol producer Methanex on long-term charter. One of the slop tanks will be used as a methanol fuel tank.
The earlier first-generation Marinvest product chemical tankers have amassed over 55,000 hours running on methanol, and with engine partner MAN Energy Solutions, the methanol dual-fuel concept has been optimised.
The new generation 49,000-dwt MR2 Hyundai Mipo-built tankers only require a tiny amount of traditional marine fuel as a pilot fuel to use in the methanol burning process.
Marinvest chief executive Patrik Mossberg believes the ready availability of methanol and relatively simple conversion of electrically controlled main engines such as MAN Energy Solutions’ 6G50MEC9 makes methanol a viable alternative to LNG as a marine fuel.