Safety of Methanol Bunkering

Enhancing the safety of Methanol bunkering through the use of Low Flash Point Fuels in Arctic shipping

With the expected increase in vessel operations in the Arctic, available trend data indicates there will also be a corresponding increase in accidents. In such a fragile environment, there is a risk that the resultant marine pollution from the fuel on-board could lead to a severe environmental catastrophe.

SEDNA will undertake a safety assessment that considers the implications for the environment, for vessels and their crews of projected accidents, where the vessels involved (a) using low flash point fuels (LFPF) and (b) using conventional fossil fuels.

The objective is to achieve a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) on a process to systematically address safety during bunkering of methanol as a marine fuel. SEDNA will put forward for validation technical provisions and assessment of relative safety risks along with safety zone guidance for three bunkering concepts: Truck to Ship, Shore to Ship and Ship to Ship.

Special consideration will be given for ships intended to be exposed to the Arctic’s specific environmental conditions, by providing comprehensively comparative safety assessments of the use of low flash point fuels in Arctic shipping operations in place of conventional fossil fuels. The assessment will consider the implications for the crews, shipping operators and the environment.

In particular, SEDNA will deliver: