The Clean Marine Fuels (CMF) Working Group of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has published a series of bunkering checklists for alcohol-based fuels, including methanol, the American Journal of Transportation (AJOT) reported.
Methanol, which can be carbon-neutral when produced from sustainable hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) by direct air capture (DAC), has been used as a fuel alternative in the shipping industry on a small scale since 2015.
However, it is expected to become more popular in the next 10 years given the significant number of ordered dual-fuel ships, which can use methanol alongside traditional marine fuels, according to AJOT.
The CMF, a voluntary working group within the IAPH, has just completed work on developing safety tools for methanol and other alcohol-based fuels used as marine fuel. These include a total of seven safety bunkering checklists for ship-to-ship, as well as truck-to-ship transfer scenarios.
The working group began by creating bunker checklists for liquefied natural gas (LNG), and have used this expertise to develop checklists for other new alternative fuels, including liquefied biogas (LBG) and liquid hydrogen (LH2), all of which have been available on the IAPH World Ports Sustainability Portal since last November.
“Our aim is to empower ports to facilitate, stimulate and regulate the supply of new clean marine fuels by providing expertise and guidance on safe and efficient bunker operations,” Peter Alkema of the Port of Amsterdam, chair of the CMF working group, said in a comment.
“These tools are becoming an essential element of the emerging energy transition for shipping,” Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director at IAPH, added.
All CMF bunkering checklists pass through a process of industry consultation where they are sent to classification societies, other NGO experts, and bunker operators for feedback.