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What is publicized as the world's first ship running on methanol - the large ro-pax ferry Stena Germanica, left Remontowa Shiprepair Yard on March 24, 2015. Then she sailed to the Port of Kiel.

Stena Line has received an award for its efforts in converting the Stena Germanica to run on methanol. The accolade "Shipowner of the Year" was awarded at this year’s Green Ship Technology Conference (GST), held in Copenhagen on 11-12 March 2015.
The prize is awarded for "innovative new technology presented since 1 January 2014 that represents an advance for the marine environment" and the jury selected the conversion of the Stena Germanica on the grounds that it was "a strong 3rd alternative that is developing to meet the specific challenge of sustainable sea transport within the ECA". Green Ship Technology Award is a prize instituted by "Lloyd's List" (Informa) events to recognize efforts in maintaining the marine environment and mitigating the environmental effects of the shipping industry.

The conversion of Stena Germanica, which serves the route from Gothenburg to Kiel on weekdays, was entrusted to Remontowa S.A. The 240-metre-long ferry is the first vessel in the world running on environmentally-friendly methanol. The conversion of the Stena Germanica’s engines, performed at Remontowa S.A., involved collaboration between Stena Teknik and Wärtsilä. The technology is so-called "dual fuel" and uses methanol as the principal fuel, but with the possibility of using MGO (Marine Gas Oil) as a backup.

Methanol is a colourless liquid that can be produced from natural gas, carbon, biomass or even CO2. Using methanol reduces emissions of sulphur (SOx) by roughly 99 per cent, nitrogen (NOx) by 60 per cent, particles (PM) by 95 per cent and carbon dioxide (CO2) by 25 per cent compared with international bunker fuels.

It is worth mentioning that it is already second instance of the Remontowa Holding member company to be involved in the project awarded with the Green Ship Technology Award. Remontowa Shiprepair Yard S.A., as the main contractor, was awarded with Green Ship of the Year title for its Moldefjord double-ended LNG powered ferry built for Fjord1 MRF at Remontowa Shipbuilding (member of Remontowa Holding) in 2010. 

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