Van Oord takes next step in implementing more sustainable fuels

04 May 2023

Recently Van Oord christened two new dual fuel trailing suction hopper dredgers, which are built to run on the more sustainable LNG. Now Van Oord takes another big step towards implementing the fuels of the future. Five methanol engines are ready to power Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel Boreas.

The Wärtsilä 32 Methanol engines have successfully passed their Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) and have been handed over to the Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard (YCRO) in China. They are now on their way to the shipyard where the mega vessel is currently being built. The Boreas will be able to transport and install the next generation of 20 MW offshore wind turbines and is expected to be commercially available in 2025. 

Van Oord is committed to reducing carbon emissions and to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement. Approximately 95% of Van Oord’s carbon footprint is linked to its fleet. Most progress can therefore be made by investing in decarbonisation of its vessels, as well as in green vessels and alternative fuels. The Boreas is an example of the energy transition within Van Oord. The vessel is the first of its kind to run on the future fuel methanol. Running on methanol reduced the ship’s carbon footprint by more than 78%.

The delivery of the methanol engines is a major milestone for the three parties YCRO, Wärtsilä and Van Oord and a result of successful collaboration. It is the first order for newbuild methanol-fuelled engines for Wärtsilä. Van Oord is pleased to be the pioneer of Wärtsilä’s latest methanol-fuelled engine technology. It demonstrates the companies’ shared commitment to supporting the maritime industry’s goals to reduce its environmental impact.

Source: Van Oord