First tugboat using methanol to be used in Port of Antwerp

22 October 2021

For the first time ever, a tugboat will be converted to methanol propulsion in the Port of Antwerp. The resulting “methatug” is part of the EU Horizon 2020-funded Fastwater project, aiming to showcase the feasibility of methanol as a sustainable marine fuel to reach carbon-neutral shipping. The project is expected to be operational in early 2022 and will enable the Port to continue its transition towards becoming CO2-neutral.

Methanol was until then forbidden as a marine fuel by the Central Commission for Navigation the Rhine (CCNR), but the Port of Antwerp’s project received the European Commission’s green light after 18 months of negotiations. The fuel is also part of the Port’s programme to green its fleet. 

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