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Japanese firms ink MoU on world’s first ammonia dual fuel Handymax bulker

NYK Bulk & Project Carriers, Oshima Shipbuilding and Sumitomo Corporation signed a MoU to jointly study, design and construct the world’s first ammonia dual fuel Handymax bulk carrier.

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Japanese shipping firm NYK on Thursday (9 November) said NYK Bulk & Project Carriers Ltd. (NBP), Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (Oshima) and Sumitomo Corporation (Sumitomo) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly study, design and construct the world’s first ammonia dual fuel Handymax bulk carrier.

The announcement comes after CODELCO, a Chilean state-owned company and one of the world’s biggest copper producers, and NBP signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Singapore to jointly study the decarbonised transportation of copper products. 

This would be the first of a fleet of 10 to 15 vessels dedicated to the transport of copper products that NBP would operate from Chile to the Far East. CODELCO and NBP want the vessel to be developed and built by Oshima, which is willing to study this project together with CODELCO and NBP.

Máximo Pacheco, Chairman of the Board, CODELCO, said: “For me, it is a great honor to be here and to see how far we have progressed over this short period. What was an ambitious idea less than one year ago is a reality today. At CODELCO, we have the duty to be a leader for more sustainable mining for our country, and this project is a great signal to the other actors as we work to make Chile the first country in the world to demonstrate how an energy transition and GHG emissions reduction are possible.”

Masashi Suda, President, NBP, said: “Based on the memorandum of understanding signed with CODELCO on November 24, 2022, NBP has been studying the decarbonization of the oceangoing transportation of copper products with the cooperation of all concerned parties.”

“After about a year of deliberations, NBP and CODELCO have concluded a memorandum of understanding with Oshima Shipbuilding for the research, design, and construction of a Handymax bulk carrier equipped with a dual-fuel engine that can use ammonia as fuel in addition to heavy oil. This is a concrete first step towards a decarbonized society for CODELCO and NBP. NBP will continue to contribute to global decarbonization together with its customers.”

Photo credit: NYK
Published: 10 November, 2023

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Enaex and NYK to research feasibility of low-carbon ammonia bunker fuel supply

Enaex and NBP will work out the details to supply low-carbon ammonia to ammonia-fuelled Handymax bulkers at their Mejillones ammonia terminal in the Antofagasta region of northern Chile.

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Enaex and NYK to research feasibility of low-carbon ammonia bunker fuel supply

Chilean ammonium nitrate producer Enaex S.A. and NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers Ltd. (NBP), a member of the NYK Group, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in January to jointly research the feasibility of supplying low-carbon ammonia bunker fuel to ammonia-fuelled ships, according to NYK on Wednesday (21 February). 

NBP will build 10 to 15 ammonia-fuelled Handymax bulkers in the late 2020s and beyond to transport copper products from Chile to the Far East for Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile (CODELCO), a world-leading copper producer. 

In the future, Enaex and NBP will work out the details to supply low-carbon ammonia to the vessels at Mejillones ammonia terminal in the Antofagasta region of northern Chile.

The MoU was signed at Enaex's headquarters in Santiago, Chile, in the presence of Juan Andrés Errázuriz Domínguez, CEO of Enaex, Hitoshi Nagasawa, chairman of NYK, and Masashi Suda, president of NBP.

 

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Published: 22 February, 2024

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CMB.TECH orders world’s first ammonia-powered container ship from Chinese shipyard

Firm partnered with Yara and North Sea Container Line for order; vessel to be named “Yara Eyde” is a 1.400 TEU ice-class container ship to be built at Qingdao Yangfan Shipbuilding.

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CMB.TECH orders world’s first ammonia-powered container ship from China shipyard

Cleantech maritime group CMB.TECH on Monday (12 February) announced the order of the world’s first ammonia-powered container vessel in partnership with Yara Clean Ammonia, North Sea Container Line and Yara International through a 15-year deal.

The vessel, to be named Yara Eyde, is a 1.400 TEU ice-class container ship to be built at Qingdao Yangfan Shipbuilding (Qingdao, China). Expected to be delivered by mid-2026, the Yara Eyde is set to become the world’s first ammonia-powered container vessel. It will run on clean ammonia, serving routes between Norway and Germany.

The vessel will be owned by Delphis, the container division of CMB.TECH and operated by NCL Oslofjord AS, a joint venture between North Sea Container Line and Yara Clean Ammonia. The commercial operations will be managed by NCL’s existing set-up while Yara Clean Ammonia will deliver ammonia fuel to the vessel. 

The joint venture has secured a long-term CoA with Yara International for the freight of containers between Yara’s fertiliser plant in Porsgrunn, Norway and Hamburg and Bremerhaven in Germany. It is their aim to become the world’s first line operator to focus exclusively on ammonia-powered ships.

NCL Oslofjord chose to partner with CMB.TECH for its expertise in hydrogen and ammonia engines. This innovative project is an important milestone for the decarbonisation of shipping and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, demonstrating that clean ammonia can provide cost-effective and environmentally friendly maritime transport.

Alexander Saverys, CEO of CMB.TECH, said: "We are delighted to partner up with Yara and NCL to build the world’s first ammonia-powered container ship.”

“Yara, NCL and CMB.TECH are walking the talk to decarbonise shipping by combining our knowhow on clean ammonia, operational excellence in the North Sea and state-of-the-art low-carbon ships. We want to prove to the world that we can decarbonise today to navigate tomorrow.”

Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President Yara Clean Ammonia, said: "Uniting forward-thinking entities, this project accelerates the development of a zero-emission supply chain for Scandinavia and Northwest Europe's container shipments.”

“It's the first of its kind globally, demonstrating clean ammonia's potential to decarbonise the maritime industry. We are excited about our joint partnership with CMB.TECH, a major player in shipping and a leader in developing new fuel technologies.”

Bente Hetland, CEO of NCL, said: "With their extensive experience with hydrogen-based fuels, CMB.TECH was the ideal partner for this unique project. We are extremely impressed with the innovative culture in CMB.TECH and their dedication to making an impact.”

“The project proves that decarbonisation is possible today, and we are confident that the project will pave the way for clean ammonia as a dominating fuel in the industry.”

Related: Euronav to fully acquire cleantech maritime group CMB.TECH 

 

Photo credit: CMB.TECH
Published: 22 February, 2024

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Singapore: GCMD to organise technical webinar on its ammonia bunkering safety study

Vibin Chandrabose, Director for Research and Projects at the GCMD, will be sharing findings from GCMD’s inaugural study on piloting ammonia bunkering in Singapore, launched last year.

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Singapore: GCMD to organise technical webinar on its Ammonia Bunkering Safety Study

The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) on Tuesday (20 February) said it was organising a technical webinar titled Key Insights from GCMD’s Ammonia Bunkering Safety Study.

Vibin Chandrabose, Director for Research and Projects at the GCMD, will be sharing findings from GCMD’s inaugural study on piloting ammonia bunkering in Singapore, launched last year. 

In this webinar, Vibin will be sharing the following: 

  • In-depth analysis of ammonia bunker demand forecast in Singapore
  • Identification and evaluation of feasible designs for modes of ammonia breakbulk and bunkering
  • Identification of suitable sites for piloting ammonia bunkering
  • Comprehensive assessment of potential hazards, key risks, and mitigation measures
  • Coarse Quantitative Risk Analysis (cQRA) to quantify the risks related to ammonia transfer operations, and
  • Estimation of the total capital expenditure required for additional infrastructure build-out needed to operationalise ammonia bunkering at two land-based sites

The ammonia projects team will be available to answer questions after the webinar. 

Date: 1 March 2024, Friday
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM SGT (9:00 - 10:00 AM CET)

Note: Registration for GCMD’s technical webinar can be found here.

Related: Completed safety study paves way for first ammonia bunkering pilot in Singapore

 

Photo credit: Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation
Published: 20 February, 2024

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