Given the complexity and scale of this project, the shipyards building the ships have engaged engineering companies to source and integrate the methanol-related components, according to Alfa Laval.

“With their ability to sail on green methanol, these vessels will be at the forefront of the transition to carbon neutral operations. Methanol is a major step on the road to decarbonization, and FCM methanol can help shipowners take the leap,” said Peter Nielsen, President of Alfa Laval Marine Separation & Heat Transfer Equipment.

Since 2015, the system has been chosen in almost 20 methanol projects for more than 10 major shipping companies.
“Over the years at sea, FCM Methanol has established a leading position in the industry,” said Viktor Friberg, Alfa Laval marine separation and fuel systems manager. “Shipowners can rely on its proven automation to keep methanol operations safe, but the design benefits are just as important to engineering companies and shipbuilders. From integration to operation, the FCM Methanol simplifies the work with this new green fuel.

Eastaway recently made a formal commitment to a long-term strategy to improve the sustainability of operations. The strategy, which is in line with IMO 2030, focuses on reducing emissions through long-term fleet rejuvenation and the purchase of new low-emission ships, according to the company.

In addition to the order for six new vessels agreed in 2022, Eastaway signed an agreement in 2021 for the construction of five 3,100 TEU container ships with the Zhoushan Changhong shipyard and eight new 7,000 TEU vessels with the Shanghai Waigaogqiao shipyard. With these new vessels, Eastaway aims to reduce the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of its fleet by 30 to 40%. The company also aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 on a fleet that currently has more than 50 vessels under its management.

In May 2022, Eastaway contracted Wärtsilä to provide shaft power limiting technology for six container ships in Eastaway Ship Management’s fleet. And in June 2022, Eastaway engaged Value Maritime to add carbon capture and storage onboard two container ships.

“A greener future for shipping can no longer just be discussed, it must be put into action. Eastaway’s long-term fleet renewal, through the purchase of new builds and adjustments to our current fleet, reiterates our commitment to the IMO 2030 goals,” said Eastaway Chief Executive Officer, Captain RS Minhas.