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Waterfront Shipping to commission new ships with methanol flex-fuel engines

9 December 2013

Waterfront Shipping Company Ltd. has reached an agreement with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), Westfal-Larsen & Co A/S (WL) and Marinvest/Skagerack Invest to build six new ships, with an option for building an additional three, all to be delivered during 2016. These 50,000 dead weight tonne vessels will be built with MAN ME-LGI flex fuel engines running on methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil, or gas oil. (Earlier post.)

Waterfront Shipping, a wholly owned subsidiary of global methanol producer Methanex Corporation, is a marine transportation company specializing in the transport of bulk chemicals and petroleum products.

Methanol is a sulfur-free fuel that provides many environmental and clean burning benefits. With fuel prices increasing and upcoming shipping regulations requiring the use of cleaner marine fuel, methanol-based fuel is a promising alternative which reduces emissions and fuel costs.

—Jone Hognestad, President, Waterfront Shipping

Waterfront Shipping will charter these vessels to replace older vessels in its fleet and to support increased demand from Methanex Corporation’s growth initiatives, including the relocation of two methanol plants from Chile to Geismar, Louisiana.

Of the ships being built, MOL, Marinvest/ Skagerrak Invest and WL will each own two, plus one optional vessel. The ships will be built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

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