Conversion of harbour tugboat to dual fuel methanol operation

Watch the video above to see the first methanol powered tug boat in action!

Conversion of Port of Antwerp’s tugboat to dual fuel operation has been a part of FastWater project. To read even more about the project from harbour’s perspective, click here.

The first methanol powered tug boat in the world

We at Enmar Engines, part of the ScandiNAOS group, are proud for being part of yet another successful demonstration of methanol utilization within Fastwater project. This launch of Methatug, the first harbour tug powered by methanol, serves as a proven feasibility case and a significant success!

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges in Belgium launched Methatug in May 2024. Methatug is a 30-meter-long tugboat whose engines have been converted to dual-fuel systems, now capable of operating on a blend of methanol and traditional fuel. This conversion allows the tug to achieve a bollard pull of 50 tonnes and store up to 12,000 litres of methanol, sufficient for two weeks of continuous operation.

The development of Methatug is a significant milestone in the EU FASTWATER project, which aims to prove the viability of methanol as a sustainable fuel alternative for the shipping industry. The project is financed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.