The first of three 49,900dwt methanol dual-fuel product tankers, Stena Pro Patria, ordered by the Proman Stena Bulk joint venture, has been launched at Guangzhou Shipyard International in China. Outfit of the tanker will now continue prior to sea trials and delivery to Proman Stena Bulk during the first quarter of 2022.
The joint venture company will take delivery of two more tankers in the series – Stena Pro Mare and Stena Prosperous – prior to the end of 2023, during which time Proman will commission three methanol-powered tankers of its own – Provident, Progressive and Promise.
All of the ships will have MAN B&W 6G50ME-C9.6 MW Tier III engines. They will also have energy efficiency technologies including continually controlled combustion, optimised tuning, redesigned and aerodynamic hull lines, and a shaft generator. The tankers are expected to burn approximately 12,500 tonnes of ‘grey’ methanol per year. The cost-competitive fuel, produced from natural gas, will reduce carbon emissions, virtually eliminate sulphur dioxide and particulates, and yield a 60% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions, the companies said.
First of three methanol-powered product tankers launched