Methanol Seen as a Viable Marine Fuel Alternative, Report Finds
In March 2015, the Stena Line ferry Stena Germanica became the first methanol-powered ship after a six-week conversion at a Poland shipyard. With renewed pressure on the shipping industry to cut its greenhouse gas emissions, a new report has found that readily-available methanol has a “historic opportunity” to become a viable, green alternative as a marine fuel.
The report, authored by marine energy systems export Professor Karin Andersson of Sweden’s Chalmers University, was released Friday by research firm FCBI Energy and aimed to examine the viability of methanol as an alternative marine fuel to diesel and LNG.
Methanol is a low-emissions fuel that has sometimes been overlooked in policy and industry discussions despite having many attributes that make it an attractive marine fuel, according to FCBI Energy.
The report found that in addition to being compliant with the strictest international emissions standards, methanol is abundantly available, 100% renewable and would require only minor modifications to existing bunkering infrastructure. Methanol is also biodegradable, so the effects of a spill on the environment are low. The report also notes that unlike LNG, methanol, since it is a liquid, does not require expensive cryogenic equipment new to cool natural gas into a liquid form.’ More at https://gcaptain.com/methanol-seen-as-a-viable-marine-fuel-alternative-report-finds/#.VnZwYfnNy9I
Union law-breaking in Portland dispute will cost jobs
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is holding the town of Portland in Victoria to ransom by breaking the law. Through its illegal actions, more than 6000 visitors could be prevented from disembarking from three cruise ships over the coming weeks, costing the local economy millions. It is time we had an industrial relations system where breaking the law had real and immediate consequences.
The MUA has highlighted in December that Australia's industrial relations system is flawed. Its illegal action has shown that in the current industrial relations system law breakers can prosper at the expense of the law.
By refusing to accept a Fair Work Commission decision, a Federal Court injunction, and numerous attempts by the port authority and Portland's largest employer, Portland Aluminium, to move the MV Portland, the union has shown that it can break the law with impunity.
In a globalised economy, Australia can no longer afford to be held to ransom by law-defying union bosses.
While illegally docked in Portland, the MV Portland occupies the only berth that can be used by non-industrial export shipping.
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