The nodal agency for inland waterways has decided to place an order to retrofit work boats and new cargo vessels with engines that can run on methanol.
"We are placing order for 3 work boats to retrofit engines and 6 low draft cargo vessels of 1,000-2,000 tonnes capacity to Cochin Shipyard that will use methanol as fuel with technology from Sweden after a go-ahead from NITI Aayog," IWAI vice-chairman Pravir Pandey said.
Pandey was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a shipping conclave organised by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry here.
Methanol can be a game changer as the cost of the fuel is just Rs 26 a litre and the roadmap was shown by Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari, Pandey said.
Methanol's volume is higher than diesel.
The design of the cargo vessels have been offered by DST of Germany that requires just 1.5 meters draft -- a crucial factor for inland waterways' success at least in the NW-I that stretches from Haldia to Varanasi.
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