ABS awards AIP to world’s first methanol-powered Newcastlemax bulk carrier

Source: press release, 13 September 2022

illustration: ABS
illustration: ABS

ABS has granted approval in principle (AIP) to CSSC Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding CO., LTD and China Ship Design & Research Center Co., Ltd (CSDC) for the world’s first methanol-powered Newcastlemax Bulk Carrier.

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

“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,” says Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology.

“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,” says Yu Dexin, General Manager of CSDC.

Download a copy of the ABS publication Sustainability Whitepaper: Methanol as Marine Fuel here.