b'fuel, in contrast to diesel which is currently the dominant marineworldwide and can be produced in more countries than todays oil-ex-fuel. From a safety perspective, methanol needs to be treated more liketracting countries. This can help to diversify the supply and availabil-gasoline to prevent ignition of the fuel. The International Code ofity of the fuel. Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF code) and marine society guidelines are taken into consideration in Rolls- As mentioned, methanol is simply one option as we look toward the Royces development work. From a spill containment perspective,future of marine propulsion. For some vessels the answer may lie in methanol is less harmful to the marine life environment than dieselall electric systems and other operators may find a hybrid system to be because it is water soluble and willmostefficient.Methanolisastrong quickly dilute in water.contender as it can be used in inter-At this time, the available methanolMethanol is alreadynalcombustionenginesorfuelcell applications.Packerexplainedthat is predominantlygrey, not green.traded and transportedmethanol-fueled internal combustion While it is possible to produce meth- engines or fuel cells can be combined anol in a CO 2 -netural method, it isworldwide and canwith other technologies, such as bat-not currently being done on a largeteries and electric motors to further scale.Methanolsystemscurrentlybe produced in morereduce a vessels carbon footprint by being put in place would be grey,optimizing the propulsion system for with the intent of transitioning tocountries than todays the specific duty cycle. green when it becomes widely avail-able to achieve CO 2neutrality. oil-extracting countries. As new ships are designed, there are more options than ever for fuel sourc-The driving force behind the switches. Methanol will be one of the top to new fuel sources is slowing down climate change. I asked if therealternative fuels on the market, either as a sole fuel source or as part are advantages above and beyond climate benefits that recommendof a hybrid system. An operators range, the amount of fuel they are methanol. Packer said that their estimates on price difference potentialable to carry, the local infrastructurethese will be a few of the con-between eMethanol and eDiesel are that eMethanol could be aboutsiderations as a company works to find the most efficient solution to 10% cheaper in the future. Methanol is already traded and transportedpower their vessels. EXCEED GLOBAL EMISSIONS STANDARDSOperate a lightweight vessel equipped with hybrid or electric engines. Reduce your operating and maintenance costs. Minimize your environmental impact. BUILD A CARBON FIBER FERRYLearn about Americas only carbon T- and K-Class ferry builder:www.ARCADIA-ALLIANCE.com19 MAY 2022'