Port Taranaki has welcomed Methanex’ state-of-the-art methanol ship into port
on its maiden voyage.
The Taranaki Sun is one of seven new ships built for Waterfront Shipping
Company Ltd, a subsidiary of Methanex, to load and transport methanol.
One of the first two ships to be completed, the Taranaki Sun arrived in Port
Taranaki on Wednesday (1 June) following its launch in Japan last month and,
after loading with methanol, leaves on Friday morning (3 June) bound for China.
The 50,000 dead weight tonne vessels, boast the first two-stroke dual fuel
engines that can run on methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil or gas oil. The
ground-breaking technology will significantly reduce emissions and give ship
owners a viable, efficient and convenient fuel alternative.
Methanol, which is manufactured at three plants in Taranaki by Methanex, is a
biodegradable, clean-burning fuel that reduces smog-causing emissions.
Methanex exports methanol from Port Taranaki mostly to Asia where it is used to
make hundreds of industrial and consumer items and increasingly for energyrelated
uses, such as fuel.
Methanex SVP of Marketing & Logistics Vanessa James says it’s great after many
years in development to see the ship on its maiden voyage from Japan.
“It’s innovative and exciting technology - it reinforces our commitment to
sustainable technology and also provides a cost effective alternative marine fuel.
We believe methanol as a marine fuel has immense potential in helping the
shipping industry meet environmental regulations with a cleaner fuel that
significantly reduces emissions, including Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and sulphur.”
Port Taranaki Chief Executive Guy Roper says the Taranaki Sun’s arrival is an
exciting development at the port.
“Methanex is our biggest customer and we have a long-standing relationship
with them, so they are very important to us. We welcome any innovation in
shipping technology, particularly when it impacts positively on the reduction of
emissions and helps the industry work smarter and more efficiently,” Mr Roper
“We’re looking forward to the Taranaki Sun and the other vessels in the fleet
being regular visitors to Port Taranaki.”