LR embarks on another Stena Line conversion project

2024-05-28T19:36:30+00:00 May 28th, 2024|Environment|

Building upon the success of the ‘Stena Germanica’ conversion in 2015, Lloyd’s Register (LR) and Stena Lines are to work together on a project to retrofit two fast ropaxes with methanol propulsion.

The latest conversion will see the ‘Stena Superfast VII’ and ‘Stena Superfast VIII’, which operate on the Scotland to Northern Ireland route between Cairnryan and Belfast, converted to methanol dual-fuel propulsion with the vessels also transferring class to LR.

As part of the project, two out of the four main engines in each vessel will be converted to run on methanol alongside MGO (Marine Gas Oil). The ship’s bunkering, storage, fuel supply and supporting systems will also be adapted for methanol.

The LR-classed ‘Stena Germanica’ is the only retrofitted methanol vessel in service and will provide valuable experience for the project, LR said.

Paul Herbert, LR’s Principal Technology Specialist, said: “The project to retrofit the ‘Stena Superfast VII’ and ‘VIII’ with methanol dual-fuel propulsion underlines Stena Line Ferries and LR’s shared commitment to sustainability and the importance of embracing alternative fuels for a more sustainable future.

“Leveraging our expertise and experience gained from the successful conversion of the ‘Stena Germanica’ in 2015, we are poised to deliver another ground breaking solution that will pave the way for greener and more efficient ferry operations,” he said.

“As we continue to implement our strategy to de-carbonise our operations, we still see methanol as a viable alternative fuel that will help us achieve this ambition.

“Lloyd’s Register with their knowledge and experience from supporting the conversion project of ‘Stena Germanica’ nine years ago will once again be able to provide the necessary support with these retrofits of our existing tonnage. In the process, it will make them more sustainable by reducing CO2 emissions and encouraging the technology and development needed on our ongoing journey towards fossil free shipping,” he said.

LR’s recent ’Fuel for thought: Methanol for Passenger Ships’ report showed that methanol is an increasingly technically viable for shipowners, however Infrastructure and investment need to be prioritised for widespread adoption.