Pilot Methanol

Main objectives

The main objective of the project is to develop a pragmatic, cost-effective and environmentally sound solution to the maritime industry’s challenges – and its wishes – to comply with the ambitious emission reduction targets adopted for sulphur emissions by the IMO (MARPOL Annex VI (2008)) and the EU (Directive 2012/33/EU). 

The project will furthermore contribute to meeting the EU greenhouse gas reduction target of 40% (if feasible 50%) from maritime transport by 2050. A shift to methanol will result in a decrease in CO2 exhaust emissions of 25% compared to conventional marine fuels used today. Further reductions can be achieved by using renewable feedstock or captured and recycled CO2 for the methanol production. It will also assist the maritime transport sector to move to a low-carbon future in a cost-effective way. 

Overall the project will contribute to the building of a “competitive and resource efficient EU transport system,” as set out in the White Paper on the Future of Transport, by maintaining a well functioning and sustainable short sea shipping industry in Europe.

Pilot Methanol is also in line with the 2013 European Clean Power for Transport strategy, which among other things encourages "Support to the market development of alternative fuels and investment in their infrastructure in Europe [to] boost growth and a wide range of jobs in the EU."

How to resolve the objectives


A Ro-Pax vessel will be converted to run on Methanol (JIP 6-7).


A bunker vessel will be converted and a cistern will built/converted in port (JIP 6-7).


  • Permit applications, including risk assessments etc.
  • Participation in the development of the IMO IGF code


Lessons Learned to Followers regarding:

  1. how to effectively run and operate vessels in each Pilot
  2. an overall financial risk analysis and operational analysis