The country is one of the world's largest producers of methanol, which is proposed as a means of decarbonizing shipping, including cruise vessels.
Rowley made the pronouncement Monday upon his return from meetings in Europe with BP, Shell and Proman. He said the government holds substantial shares in Proman's methanol facilities in Trinidad and the idea of refueling ships that travel in the Caribbean and transit the Panama Canal 'holds great promise.'
NCLH, Ocean Residences
Cruise lines are considering methanol.
As reported here just this week, Ocean Residences' Njord is planned to become the world’s first superyacht 100% powered by methanol.
And Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings joined the Methanol Institute this year and is assessing the feasibility of retrofitting engines to operate with dual fuels – diesel and methanol – with the goal to test the use of methanol by 2025.