GSI shipyard adds methanol and dual fuel to tally

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South China’s largest shipbuilder has delivered Eastern Pacific Shipping’s 274m, 157,300 dwt Greenway, the world’s first suezmax dual-fuel LNG tanker.

GSI claimed that by using LNG as fuel, Greenway’s MAN B&W 6G70ME-C10.5-GI HPSCR (Tier III) engine emits 23% less carbon dioxide, NOx emissions are 90% lower and Sox and particulate emissions are reduced by 99%.

GSI also celebrated the delivery to Proman Stena Bulk of Stena Pro Marine, the second in a series of three methanol fueled tankers for the owner. The 49,990 dwt tanker joins the recently delivered Stena Pro Patria; another vessel is to be delivered this year and an order has been placed for three more vessels of the same type.

GSI Vice President William Zhou said: “It’s been one of the best times in GSI’s history. I would like to pay tribute to our entire team and all of our suppliers here at GSI who have worked so hard with our customers Eastern Pacific and Stena Proman to deliver these beautiful, game-changing vessels.

“These are some of the most innovative propulsion systems in the world and we are proud to change the shipping industry for the better, working with our customers to help make shipping greener.

According to Zhou, GSI has 32 dual-fuel vessels delivered or on order, including two LNG-powered ropax vessels, two LNG-powered Suez tankers, 14 LNG-powered LR2 tankers, eight LNG-powered PCTCs and six methanol-powered MR tankers.

Zhou said the Stena Proman vessels can go a long way in showing how methanol can be deployed safely and at low cost.

“The systems are less complicated than those of LNG and LPG fueled vessels. As soon as classification societies drafted rules on the use of methanol as a fuel, GSI got involved and it is wonderful to see the first two ships built and delivered. We expect to see many more shipyards adopting methanol vessels now, but we are very proud to be one of the first.”

Zhou added that GSI has ambitions beyond its current designs.

“Our team studies not only methanol, but also ammonia, biomethane and hydrogen. We believe these will all have their place in the future and GSI is at the forefront of the development of these technologies, having obtained approvals in principle from class societies,” Zhou said.

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