Finnish technology company Wärtsilä, Swedish ferry company Stena Line, and Canadian supplier of methanol Methanex Corporation have marked almost seven years of the successful operation of the methanol-fuelled ferry Stena Germanica. This is the first ship in the world to run on methanol as a marine fuel, signifying a major milestone in the continued shift towards a more sustainable future for commercial shipping in line with the industry’s decarbonization efforts.
Stena Germanica was converted to be capable of running on methanol fuel at Remontowa Shipyard in Poland in early 2015. The 240-metre long ferry, with a capacity for 1,500 passengers and 300 cars, was retrofitted with a first-of-its-kind fuel-flexible Wärtsilä 4-stroke engine that can run on methanol or traditional marine fuels.
The ferry began the world’s first methanol-powered sailings between Gothenburg, Sweden and Kiel, Germany in late March 2015.