The Finnish based technology groupand engine maker Wärtsilä has been contracted by Swedish based ferry operator Stena Line, to carry out and convert some of its vessels to operate with methanol fuel.

Methanol is one of the key components of decarbonisation in the maritime industry, so converting the Stena Line ferries for methanol fuel will enable them to be compliant with various existing and upcoming regulations, including the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII), FuelEU Maritime, and IMO 2050 GHG reduction target, the engine maker states.

The full scope of Wärtsilä’s supply package as per contract with Stena Line, will include fuel tank instrumentation and valves, transfer pumps, low pressure pump skid, fuel valve trains, Methanol Fuel Pump Units and the automation of the system, engine conversions, and automation upgrade for the engine control room, with the conversions scheduled by Wärtsila to take place in 2025.

Ian Hampton of Stena Line, said to the Wärtsila contract: “As we continue to implement our strategy to decarbonise all our operations, we see methanol as a viable alternative fuel that will help us achieve this ambition. Wärtsilä has proven its capabilities to carry out the necessary conversions. This was shown eight years ago when they converted the Stena Germanica to operate with methanol, and our experience from this ground-breaking innovation has been very positive.”

Roger Holm, President of Wärtsilä’s Marine Power business commented that “We have had close cooperation with Stena Line for many years and we are pleased to be supporting them again in this important conversion project. Like Stena Line, Wärtsilä is committed to making decarbonised shipping operations a reality, and we have invested heavily in developing our engine portfolio to be capable of utilising carbon neutral and zero carbon fuels.”