2nd September 2020 | UK Chamber of Shipping Webinar | Methanol Webinar

  • Published: 20 Aug 2020
  • Last updated: 21 Aug 2020
  • Date: 2 Sep 2020
  • Start time: 10 a.m.
  • End time: 11 a.m.




Join the UK Chamber of Shipping, The Methanol Institute, Lloyd’s Register, MAN Energy Solutions and Ørsted for a webinar on developments in safe bunkering of Methanol as marine fuel and its role in decarbonisation.

Methanol is already in use as marine fuel on tankers, bulkers, ferries and harbour craft. Compared to traditional HFO options, its lower pollution and GHG emissions profile offers owners the opportunity to meet IMO2020 regulations and move towards IMO2030 compliance (and gain valuable knowledge towards IMO 2050 ambitions).

Projects studying pathways to wider Methanol adoption with input from designers, owners, OEMs, shipyards and producers are advancing technical knowledge across the board.

The regulatory process is moving towards final adoption of new rules for inclusion of Low Flashpoint Fuels into the IGF Code, while new guidance and standards are emerging from class societies to provide a technical framework for adoption.

From low carbon to net zero, Methanol could offer a pathway that would enable owners to progressively lower their emissions profile while using ‘conventional’ engine systems and technology.

A new Bunkering Technical Reference for Methanol produced by LR with support from the Methanol Institute aims to help shipowners, ports and bunker suppliers understand processes and procedures around the safe adoption of Methanol as marine fuel.

Moderated by Douglas Raitt, Regional Advisory Services Manager Asia, LR, panellists include Chris Chatterton, COO The Methanol Institute, Kjeld Aabo, Director, New Technologies, MAN ES, Damien Speight, Head of Business Innovation, Ørsted and Andy Wright, Senior Specialist, LR Marine Advisory Services.

Douglas Raitt, Regional Advisory Services Manager Asia, Lloyd's Register

Douglas has a strong background - spanning over 20 years - in marine fuels and ship’s propulsion machinery. He has managed a variety of laboratories and inspection offices prior to joining Lloyd’s Register in 2005 to lead its Fuel Oil Bunkering Advisory Services’ business through to 2013. From 2013 onwards he has held the post of Regional Advisory Services Manager Asia dealing with the non-Class services Lloyd’s Register offers the marine industry.

The past few years Douglas as part of his role has been involved in advisory work on alternative and nascent fuels such as Methanol, LNG and bio as well as general decarbonisation projects. 

Chris Chatterton, COO The Methanol Institute

Mr. Chatterton joined the Methanol Institute in February 2015, managing MI’s CIS, Asia Pacific and Middle East operations.  Over the past 20 years, Mr. Chatterton has worked at the executive level across the energy, shipping, automobile, renewables and chemical sectors, where he has been responsible for creating strategy, fundraising, restructuring, crisis management and operations for both start-ups and multinationals. 

After launching a successful business incubator in Kazakhstan, circa 1994, Chris discovered a passion for educating, connecting and guiding like-minded entrepreneurs.  Since then, he has led several energy and agricultural organizations to successful IPOs in addition to numerous cross-border private placements in the EU, Asia, Middle East and CIS and is active in the start-up space as a founder, thought leader and investor.  

Mr. Chatterton is fluent in Russian and holds an EMBA from HEC Paris.

Kjeld Aabo, Director, New Technologies, MAN ES

Kjeld Aabo holds a BSc in mechanical engineering and a special diploma in marketing. He joined MAN Diesel in the Stationary Installation Department in 1983. In 1992, he was appointed section manager in the Marine Installation Department and in 1994 he was appointed manager of the Marine Installation Department. In 2002 Kjeld Aabo took over the Engineering Services Department and was appointed Senior Manager. In 2005 he took over the Research Centre Department.

From November 2006, Kjeld Aabo was director of the department for Promotion & Customer Support and from March 2009 also head of the Two-stroke Promotion department at the head office for two-stroke engines in Copenhagen, Denmark. From 2011 to 2014 Kjeld Aabo took over a position in Brazil as head of MDT Marine and Off shore division. After returning to Denmark in 2014 Kjeld Aabo is Director of Customer Support in the Promotion and Sales department for two stroke engines and Genset engines. From 2017 and now Kjeld Aabo is Director of new technologies in the Promotion and Sales department for two stroke engines and Genset engines.

Kjeld Aabo is also Chairman of the CIMAC Heavy Fuel Working Group (WG), and chair CIMAC Denmark. Furthermore, Kjeld Aabo is a member of the ISO 8217 Heavy Fuel Oil Working Group.

Damien Speight, Head of Business Innovation, Ørsted

Damien brings more than 20 years of experience from the global energy markets. Having managed a $4 billion commodities portfolio, he is skilled in Commodity Trading & Risk Management.

A Harvard Business School Alumni, Damien is a passionate advocate of Design Thinking to deliver solution driven Innovation. Within this field some of his proudest achievements include exchange-based product innovations listing and launching TTF now one of the leading global gas index hubs. Developing the world’s largest biomass generating plant in the UK and establishing the upstream US supply chain, equipped with a strategic transit terminal on the banks of the Mississippi River at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge.

Damien leads the Markets Innovation team at Ørsted, who are ranked the most sustainable company in the world, developing, constructing and operating offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, and bioenergy plants.

Today Damien is motivated by perhaps the biggest innovation challenge; to deliver a world that runs entirely on green energy.

Andy Wright, Senior Specialist, Lloyd’s Register Advisory Services, Lloyd's Register

After sea service and university joined Lloyd’s Register in 1981 where he had key roles in the development of their FOBAS and exhaust emission services. In 1999 he moved to ABS where he was principally responsible for establishing and running their NOx certification services. In 2007 he returned to Lloyd’s Register as a consultant advising on a wide range of exhaust emission and fuel related matters.

Since the mid 90’s has been heavily involved within the various IMO bodies dealing with the initial development and subsequent revisions of MARPOL Annex VI and the NOx Technical Code and the various related Guidelines. Past Chairman of the CIMAC and IACS groups dealing with exhaust emission matters and had, for many years, represented Panama and then IACS on Annex VI related issues at IMO. Currently provides expert input on these issues at IMO MEPC and PPR meetings on behalf of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.

Over the years he has authored many conference papers, technical papers, articles and also one of the few books specifically dealing with marine exhaust emissions.