TUI Cruises receives methanol-ready ship

  • : Biofuels, Oil products, Petrochemicals
  • 24/04/18

Cruise ship company TUI Cruises took delivery of a methanol-ready cruise ship which will start operations at the end of June.

Methanol-ready vessels allow ship owners to easily retrofit their vessels to burning methanol in the future. The 7,900t deadweight Mein Schiff 7 will operate in the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, along the European Atlantic coast and in the Mediterranean and run on marine gasoil (MGO). It was built by Finland's Meyer Turku shipyard.

In January, TUI Cruises signed a memorandum of understanding with trading company Mabanaft for future supply of green methanol. Mabanaft would cover TUI's methanol needs in northern Germany, and gradually add other European locations.

Grey methanol was pegged at $717/t MGO equivalent and biomethanol at $2,279/t MGOe average from 1-18 April in Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp. About 0.9 times and 2.9 times, respectively, the price of MGO, Argus assessments showed.

TUI Cruises is a joint venture between the German tourism company TUI AG and US-based cruise ship company Royal Caribbean.

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