Swiss engine designer WinGD sees ammonia as the right choice for shipping in the green transition, and the company invests EUR 30 million in research projects to develop engines that can run on ammonia and methanol.
Commodity trader Trafigura and Norwegian Yara International have entered an agreement to develop ammonia-powered fuel for shipping. The two parties are also exploring infrastructure to supply (green and blue) ammonia to the industry.
According to a new study, ammonia-powered ships have the potential to contribute significantly to the decarbonization of shipping. Behind the consortium are, among others, Global Maritime Forum, with Ørsted, BW Gas and MAN Energy Solutions as project participants.
In a new statement, the World Bank rejects liquefied natural gas, LNG, as a usable ship fuel to reduce CO2 emissions in shipping and meet the IMO's climate targets by 2050. Instead, the bank points to ammonia and hydrogen.
A new project, counting MAN Energy Solutions, among others, aims to develop ammonia-powered engines over the next three years. The project is in line with MAN's own plans to be able to supply ammonia engines by 2024 at the latest.
DFDS has agreed to start buying green ammonia from a large facility in Denmark from 2026 as fuel for the ferry and freight operator's ships. The first ships could be equipped with dual fuel engines, DFDS Chief Exec Torben Carlsen tells ShippingWatch.
Shipping companies DFDS and Maersk together with the agricultural sector are prepared to buy the production of up to 90,000 tons green ammonia from a large production facility, which could be ready in western Denmark five years from now. The investment totals around EUR 1 billion.
Utility Statkraft signs a letter of intent with Yara and Aker Horizons on production and development of green hydrogen and ammonia. The project "has the potential to become one of the largest climate initiatives in Norway’s industrial history," reads a statement.
Two major suppliers to shipping, MAN Energy Solutions and shipbuilder DSME, have received approval for a ship design for a 23,000 teu container ship that will sail on ammonia. MAN expects that the ship can be delivered already in 2024. Updated.
The green fuel of the future will be either hydrogen or ammonia. At least if you ask Euronav CEO Hugo De Stoop, who points out the two candidates as the "winners" on the road to achieving the industry's target of reduced emissions.
Haldor Topsøe will be ready to supply ammonia as soon as shipping lines want it. Two years from now, Danish facilities will be ready. The question is when the industry is ready, VP and head of sustainable technologies says to ShippingWatch.
Major European engine makers Wärtsilä and MAN Energy Solutions both aim to start testing ammonia engines in 2021, but Wärtsilä strives to be ready to sell one year before its competitor. "We want to be a forerunner," the company tells ShippingWatch.
It is realistic that a third of the world's merchant fleet will sail on ammonia in the future, assesses a report by shipping company Hafnia together with Alfa Laval, Vestas, Siemens Gamesa and Haldor Topsøe. 120 ports already have the necessary facilities.
Ammonia is currently the best candidate among future eco-friendly ship fuels, shipping researcher Tristan Smith tells ShippingWatch. Ammonia has several advantages over other alternative fuels, he says.