Marine Service Noord Celebrates Completion of Phase One in Fugro Pioneer's Methanol Conversion

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Completion Fugro Pioneer Phase 1

Published: 28-06-2024

April 15, 2024 - Marine Service Noord (MSN B.V. ) is delighted to announce a significant milestone in the collaboration with Fugro towards sustainable marine operations. After meticulous planning and execution, the first phase of the methanol conversion project for the special service research vessel MV Fugro Pioneer (IMO: 9701645) has been successfully completed.

Under the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) scope, Marine Service Noord played a pivotal role in outfitting the Fugro Pioneer with cutting-edge piping systems tailored to the vessel’s methanol conversion. This first phase lays the groundwork for integrating two identical methanol-fuelled ScandiNAOS engines, a move designed to substantially reduce carbon emissions. These engines will be installed and commissioned in the second phase, set for the end of 2024.

"We are thrilled to mark the successful completion of phase one in the Fugro Pioneer’s conversion journey,” says Niek Koops, managing director at Marine Service Noord. “This project underscores our dedication to pioneering sustainable solutions in the maritime industry. By leveraging our expertise as a maritime systems integrator, we are not only meeting our client’s needs but also contributing to a greener future for marine operations.”

Marine Service Noord - MeOH transfer, drain and filtration pipe skid

By making smart use of pipe skids in our design, which were then built and approved by class in our workshop, we were able to reduce the installation time on board significantly, enabling the Fugro Pioneer to go back to its operations after a short refit period in the shipyard.

The successful completion of phase one would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of all parties involved. Marine Service Noord extends its gratitude to Fugro, Koninklijke Niestern Sander shipyard, Alewijnse and all team members for their dedication and expertise throughout this endeavor.

This accomplishment aligns seamlessly with Fugro's vision for net-zero operations by 2035. The conversion of the Fugro Pioneer enables a significant reduction in carbon emissions, positioning it as a beacon of sustainability in the offshore market. As the vessel gears up for phase two, which will involve the installation of the new ScandiNAOS engines and methanol bunkering, Marine service Noord remains committed to ensuring seamless project execution.

As we look toward the future, Marine Service Noord reaffirms its commitment to driving innovation and sustainability in marine operations. We and our partners are committed to lead the industry toward a greener, more sustainable tomorrow.

Please contact us for further information on methanol conversion or new-build projects.