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Fugro Pioneers Green Methanol Conversion: A Step Towards Sustainable Maritime Operations

Leidschendam, Netherlands Fugro, a prominent player in the maritime industry, has achieved a significant milestone in its quest for sustainability by completing the primary phase of converting its vessel, Fugro Pioneer, to green methanol fuel. This groundbreaking initiative took place in the drydock in Delfzijl, the Netherlands, marking a pivotal moment in the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship.

The conversion of the Fugro Pioneer’s main components to accommodate methanol engines signifies a monumental shift towards reducing carbon emissions. By opting for green methanol over conventional diesel, Fugro aims to slash emissions by over 90%, thereby aligning its operations with the global drive for sustainable practices. This transformation underscores Fugro’s determination to achieve Net-Zero operations by 2035, demonstrating its proactive approach to tackling climate change.

With an increasing emphasis on sustainability across the offshore market, Fugro’s decision to embrace green methanol serves as a strategic move to meet evolving client demands. By offering the option of utilizing green methanol as a fuel, Fugro empowers its clients to pursue environmentally responsible projects without compromising operational efficiency.

The conversion of the Fugro Pioneer was carried out in collaboration with MENENS (Methanol as Energy Step Towards Emission-free Dutch Shipping), a consortium led by Fugro. Supported by a grant from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), this endeavor not only facilitates the adoption of green methanol but also catalyzes growth in the green energy market.

The completion of the vessel adjustments enables two of the Fugro Pioneer’s original engines to be replaced with methanol engines, ensuring operational continuity even in regions where green methanol infrastructure is still developing. Anticipated delivery and installation of the methanol-capable engines are slated for the latter half of 2024, signaling further progress towards sustainable maritime practices.

Barbara Geelen, CFO of Fugro, emphasized the significance of the methanol conversion, stating, “The methanol conversion of the Fugro Pioneer is not only a pivotal move in diminishing our vessel emissions as part of our Net Zero 2035 journey, but it also stimulates the green methanol market. We will continue to invest in innovative solutions that not only help our clients but also support us in reaching our company objectives.”

This transformative initiative by Fugro underscores the company’s unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability while driving innovation in the maritime industry. As the global community strives to combat climate change, Fugro’s pioneering efforts set a commendable example for sustainable business practices in the maritime sector.

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