Taranaki Sun's maiden voyage calls at Mount Taranaki

Methanol is an innovative and promising alternative fuel for the shipping industry. On June 1, 2016, the Taranaki Sun made its first port of call on its maiden voyage at New Plymouth, New Zealand. The vessel, one of the world’s first ocean-going vessels capable of running on methanol, was named by one of Methanex’s New Zealand-based employees after nearby Mount Taranaki.

The new ship was named by Steve Hewitt, a Panel Operator at Methanex’s Waitara Valley site. A former marine engineer, Steve was able to tour the ship while it was docked. Join Steve on this tour, hear why he chose the name, and watch as the vessel is loaded and departs to make its first delivery of methanol...

The Taranaki Sun is just one of seven innovative vessels capable of running on methanol that Waterfront Shipping will welcome to its fleet this year. Since April 2016, Methanex’s wholly owned subsidiary, Waterfront Shipping, welcomed Lindanger, Mari Jone and Leikanger to its fleet. Three additional vessels will be delivered this year.

Methanol is an innovative and promising alternative fuel for the shipping industry. Since it methanol is a clean-burning fuel, it produces fewer smog-causing emissions - SOx, NOx and particulate matter - than conventional fuels. Methanol marine fuel can help shippers meet environmental fuel regulations, and improve air quality and related human health issues.

Read more about methanol as a marine fuel.