Built by Hyundai for Norwegian firm Westfal-Larsen, the first methanol fueled ocean-going vessel launched in April 2016 from the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea. The Lindanger is the first of four vessels to be constructed to DNV GL class. It is a dual-fueled 50,000 dwt tanker and has already been chartered to Waterfront Shipping, a global marine transport firm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Methanex Corporation, which will also charter one more. Methanex is the world's largest producer of methanol and operates 22 deep sea tankers used for the global transport of methanol.
The other two vessels being constructed to DNV GL class are owned by a joint venture between Marinvest/Skagerack Invest and Waterfront Shipping.
As reported in Maritime Professional, the ship has a MAN designed Hyundai-B&W 6G50ME-9.3 ME-LGI dual-fuel, two-stroke engine. The Lindanger is able to run on a variety of fuels: methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil, and gasoil.
The fuel system is rated LFL (Low Flashpoint Liquid). The use of methanol as a fuel will allow ship owners to lessen the environmental impact on the ocean. It will also allow compliance with low sulfur and ECA regulations. Hyundai Mipo states that utilizing methanol will reduce SOx emissions by 95% and NOx emissions by 30% in comparison to traditional marine diesel oil.
DNV GL (a consulting, testing and certification company specializing in clean energy to safeguard the environment) describes methanol as the fuel of the future: safe, cost-effective and clean-burning. As such, it will ease operating in ECAs (emission control areas) as well as meeting current and future sulfur emissions regulations. In addition to its environmentally friendly profile on the sea, production of methanol can be managed from natural gas or renewable resources like biomass, timber waste, agricultural waste and recycled CO2.
According to Methanex, the cost to build new or to convert vessels to be able to run on methanol is less than other types of fuel conversions. The fuel can be handled with traditional bunkering and storage facilities requiring few modifications. This clear, colorless liquid dissolves in water and biodegrades quickly; negative environmental effects of a spill of methanol would be far lower than from an equivalent oil spill.