New Zealand shipping company unveils methanol-fuelled Ro-Ro design

Photo: MOVE Logistics Group

New Zealand-based shipping company the MOVE Logistics Group recently unveiled images of a proposed Ro-Ro vessel that can be configured to use methanol as fuel.

The fit-for-purpose vessel will be able to berth wheeled cargo into at least 13 New Zealand ports, without the need for any new port infrastructure to be built. It will initially operate three sailings a week between Nelson and New Plymouth and provide an additional sea bridge between the North and South Islands.

The design will include a methanol tank and pipework installation during construction. MOVE said this ensures the new vessel is ready for the swap-in of carbon-friendly methanol-powered engines as these become available.

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