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Wärtsilä to Convert Stena Line Ferries to Methanol Fuel

In March 2015, the Stena Line ferry Stena Germanica become the first methanol-powered ship after a six-week conversion at a Poland shipyard.

Wärtsilä to Convert Stena Line Ferries to Methanol Fuel

Mike Schuler
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June 27, 2023

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted by Swedish ferry operator Stena Line to convert some of its vessels to operate on methanol fuel.

The conversions will include the fuel supply system and engine modifications, as well as integrating new installations with existing systems.

The supply package includes fuel tank instrumentation, valves, transfer pumps, low pressure pump skid, fuel valve trains, Methanol Fuel Pump Units, and automation of the system, engine conversions, and automation upgrade for the engine control room.

Stena Line became the first ferry operator to run a ferry on methanol fuel when it converted the Stena Germanica in 2015.

Converting the ferries to methanol fuel will ensure compliance with current and future regulations, such as the Carbon Intensity Indicator, FuelEU Maritime, and IMO 2050 GHG reduction target. Stena Line has been working to secure future volumes of renewable e-methanol as part of its effort to transition to renewable fuels and reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030.

The conversions are scheduled to take place in 2025. The exact number of conversions was not disclosed.

“As we continue to implement our strategy to decarbonise all our operations, we see methanol as a viable alternative fuel that will help us achieve this ambition,” said Ian Hampton of Stena Line. “Wärtsilä has proven its capabilities to carry out the necessary conversions. This was shown eight years ago when they converted the Stena Germanica to operate with methanol, and our experience from this ground-breaking innovation has been very positive.”

“We have had close cooperation with Stena Line for many years and we are pleased to be supporting them again in this important conversion project. Like Stena Line, Wärtsilä is committed to making decarbonized shipping operations a reality, and we have invested heavily in developing our engine portfolio to be capable of utilizing carbon neutral and zero carbon fuels,” added Roger Holm, President of Wärtsilä’s Marine Power business.

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