Stena Germanica the first ship in the world to run on methanol as a marine fuel

The 240-metre long ferry Stena Germanica with a capacity for 1500 passengers and 300 cars, was retrofitted with a first-of-its-kind fuel-flexible Wärtsilä 4-stroke engine that can run on methanol or traditional marine fuels. The ferry began the world’s first methanol-powered sailings between Gothenburg, Sweden and Kiel, Germany in late-March 2015.

Wärtsilä scope of supply include 4 x Sultzer 8ZA40S main engine methanol conversions, auxiliary equipment delivery, project engineering and commissioning.

Stena Germanica reference
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Being the owner of the world’s first ship with methanol-fuel represented a great step on our journey to become the leader in sustainable shipping, and is an achievement we are very pleased to share as we mark the five-year anniversary of Stena Germanica’s successful operation on methanol. The project took shape thanks to excellent cooperation between Methanex and Wärtsilä, and many areas within Stena.

Carl-Johan Hagman, Head of Shipping & Ferries at Stena AB


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