Stena Germanica's methanol conversion

From the end of March Stena Germanica will be running on methanol. This will make Stena Line the first in the world to operate a ferry using the new fuel, which reduces emissions of sulphur and particles drastically compared to previously used fuels.

Stena Germanica - Super Green - methanol

The project has been carried out in collaboration with the engine manufacturer Wärtsilä, the ports of Gothenburg and Kiel as well as the world's largest producer and supplier of methanol, Methanex Corporation. The conversion has been carried out in Gdansk, Poland, at the Remontova shipyard.

The refurbishment at the shipyard has gone well and we are proud to have the chance to lead this development in our industry. Our focus has always been on innovation that benefits both our customers and society in general, and being the first in the world to convert a ferry to run on methanol is a large step towards long-term sustainable transports.

The emissions from methanol are roughly the same as for LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), but are easier to process and do not place the same demands on infrastructure.  Since 2005, Stena Line has worked to reduce its environmental impact by means of an energy-saving programme and it has succeeded in reducing the energy consumption of our ships by an average of 2.5 percent per year.

Methanol is a colourless liquid that can be produced from natural gas, coal, biomass or even CO2. By using methanol, the emissions of sulphur (SOx) are reduced by roughly 99 percent, nitrogen (NOx) by 60 percent, particles (PM) by 95 percent and carbon dioxide (CO2) by 25 percent when compared to fuels currently available.

Stena has recently received this year’s Green Ship Technology (GST) award for our efforts in converting the Stena Germanica to run on methanol and we are naturally delighted about the award as it is an important project, both for us as a company and for the entire industry, as we need more long-term sustainable fuel alternatives in order to remain competitive.

Stena Germanica, built in 2001, runs the service on our route on Gothenburg-Kiel and has a lane metre capacity of 4,000 metres and 1,500 passengers.