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Jan De Nul and ABC Engines sign agreement for methanol marine engines for cable-laying vessel

Jan De Nul Group and ABC Engines (Anglo Belgian Corporation) announced their partnership for hybrid marine engines. Both companies signed the order for four 7,200 kW engines and one 1,800 kW engine that can run on (bio)diesel, HVO and methanol. These engines will ensure propulsion of the newest Jan De Nul Group’s cable-laying vessel, Fleeming Jenkin.


Using green methanol, the engines are also climate neutral and due to the unique combination with the ULEv technology they also meet the strict Stage V standard for particulate matter and Euro 6 standard for nitrogen.

Fleeming Jenkin is the first Ultra Low Emission Vessel (ULEv) with methanol engines. Jan De Nul ULEvs are equipped with a two stage highly efficient exhaust gas filter system, resulting in emissions complying with the European Stage V regulations for inland waterway vessels.

The medium-speed ABC engines can run on both (bio)diesel and methanol. By switching to sustainable fuels in combination with the ULEv technology, this new, next-generation cable-laying vessel can bring about a significant reduction of emissions such as CO2, SOx, HC, particulate matter and NOx. By doing so, it meets the strictest standards in terms of NOx emissions onshore (Euro 6) and in terms of particulate matter emissions offshore (Stage V).

Cable-laying vessel Fleeming Jenkin will be our first vessel that has both the new methanol engines and ULEv-technology on board.

—Jan Van de Velde, Director Newbuilding at Jan De Nul Group



This is the sort of thing which shows up the absolutist dichotomy between electric use and hydrogen etc a false, in my view.

Methanol here, hopefully from green sources such as hydrogen electrolysis, enables a green vessel which is dead handy for laying electric cables.

Pick and mix is the way forward, not 'correct' universal solutions.

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