World first for Stena Line as methanol ferry enters service

World first for Stena Line as methanol ferry enters service

The world's first methanol powered ferry, Stena Germanica, is now operating on Stena Line’s Kiel–Gothenburg route following an inauguration ceremony in Kiel and a similar ceremony in Gothenburg.  The shipping company is the first to operate a ferry with environmentally friendly methanol as the main fuel.

The vessel had a couple of months' lay off to facilitate conversion work, which was carried out at the Remontova shipyard in Gdansk, Poland.  The project has received support from the EU's Motorways of the Seas initiative and cost a total of €22 million.

Methanol is a biodegradable, environmentally friendly and cost efficient fuel that reduces the emissions of sulphur and particles by 99%.  The ferry’s fuel system and engines have been adapted in the shipyard in a collaboration between Stena Line and Wärtsilä.

The conversion has attracted praise for the innovative use of dual fueltechnology and the progress this signposts for the marine environment  Although methanol is the main fuel there is the option to use marine gas oil (MGO) as a backup.

"We are very enthusiastic about methanol's possibilities and it has the potential to be the maritime fuel of the future.  We want to pursue change and development in the shipping sector and, with the Stena Germanica, our environmental impact will be completely different to what the industry has seen before," said Carl-Johan Hagman, CEO Stena Line.