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Singapore: PIL and CCS ink MoU to deepen cooperation in shipping decarbonisation

PIL and CCS-affiliated unit CCSWR will cooperate in areas including green bunker fuel supply chains, sustainability regulation compliance, knowledge sharing on green fuel bunkering and lashing technology.

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Singapore: PIL and CCS ink MoU to deepen cooperation in shipping decarbonisation

Singapore shipping line Pacific International Lines (PIL) on Tuesday (16 April) said it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the China Classification Society Wuhan Rules And Research Institute (CCSWR) pledging to deepen cooperation in shipping decarbonisation and beyond on 15 April.

A directly affiliated unit of China Classification Society (CCS), CCSWR develops classification regulations and technical standards, as well as provides technical services.

The MOU was signed by PIL Head of Fleet Division Mr Goh Chung Hun and Director of CCSWR Mr Gan Shaowei. PIL CEO Mr Lars Kastrup, PIL Executive Chairman Mr S.S. Teo, and President of CCS Mr Sun Feng were also present to witness the signing ceremony. 

Under the MOU, both PIL and CCSWR will explore the use of alternative fuels as well as onboard carbon capture and storage system to reduce greenhouse gases emissions from vessels. 

Singapore: PIL and CCS ink MoU to deepen cooperation in shipping decarbonisation

PIL and CCS ink MoU to deepen cooperation in shipping decarbonisation

The increased collaboration will also see PIL and CCSWR cooperate extensively in the following areas, among others:

  • Green fuel supply chains
  • Sustainability regulation compliance
  •  Knowledge sharing on marine green fuel bunkering and lashing technology
  • Upskilling personnel from both organisations on new technologies and best practices 

“As we take concrete action to drive a sustainable future, we also believe in joining forces with like-minded partners like CCSWR so that we can augment each other’s efforts to achieve our common environmental goals,” the firm said.

“Putting on our future-focused lens together, we can minimise the shipping industry’s environmental footprint and make the world a better place for future generations.”

 

Photo credit: Pacific International Lines
Published: 17 April 2024

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Methanol

Consortium inks MoU for facility in Egypt to produce green methanol bunker fuel

AD Ports Group, Transmar and Orascom Construction will develop a green methanol storage and export facility, which will provide bunkering solutions for mainliners who have ordered green methanol powered vessels.

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Consortium inks MoU for facility in Egypt to produce green methanol bunker fuel

AD Ports Group, a facilitator of global trade, logistics and industry on Tuesday (28 May) said it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with container shipping line and terminal operator Transmar and global engineering and construction contractor Orascom Construction for the development of a green methanol storage and export facility. 

AD Ports Group said the facility will aim to supply low-carbon fuel for maritime transport, presenting an opportunity to establish clean alternative energy storage solutions globally.

Green methanol is a synthetic fuel produced renewably and without polluting emissions, and can be produced from green hydrogen. This chemical compound can be used as a low-carbon liquid fuel and is a promising alternative to fossil fuels in areas where decarbonisation is a major challenge.  

Aside from the maritime industry, green methanol can help decarbonise other hard-to-abate industries, including chemical and plastics. 

“The addition of a facility in this area will provide bunkering solutions for those mainliners who have ordered green methanol powered vessels and is aligned with AD Ports Group’s overall decarbonisation strategy and expansion into clean energy liquid bulk storage,” the Group added.

Captain Ammar Mubarak Al Shaiba, CEO – Maritime & Shipping Cluster, AD Ports Group, said: "By signing this MoU with Orascom Construction who have vast international experience in bulk liquid terminals for Methanol storage, and Transmar, who have decades of expertise in this region and within terminal operations, AD Ports Group and its subsidiaries are taking a significant step towards the sustainable future of energy.”

“This initiative not only aligns with the UAE's decarbonisation goals but also accelerates the energy transition in shipping, positioning us at the forefront of the green hydrogen revolution and enabling us to contribute to global environmental stewardship and economic diversification."

 

Photo credit: AD Ports Group
Published: 29 May 2024

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Alternative Fuels

Japanese firms and Drax ink MoU to construct world’s first biomass-fuelled ship

NYK, NBP, Tsuneishi Shipbuilding and Drax Group will initially conduct research to develop the new shipping technology, an on-board biomass fuel plant, which would be required to power a bioship.

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Japanese firms including NYK to construct world’s first biomass-fuelled ship

Japanese companies, NYK Line (NYK), NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers (NBP), TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd. (TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING) and British renewable energy business, Drax Group (Drax), on Tuesday (14 May) said they have signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop both the world’s first biomass-fuelled ship and the technology that could power it.

The firms said biomass is playing a growing role in Japan’s transition from fossil fuel power generation to low carbon and renewable electricity, and the country’s demand for biomass pellets, sourced primarily from North America and composed of sawmill and forestry residues, is increasing.

Drax produces biomass pellets in both the US South and Canada. The company has a longstanding relationship with NBP which transports its pellets to Japan.

These pellets are currently shipped through smaller handysize bulkers, which, due to the limited size of their fuel tanks, have proved challenging to switch to lower emission fuels, such as ammonia.

Through the MoU, which was signed at the British Embassy in Tokyo, the companies will initially conduct research to develop the new shipping technology, an on-board biomass fuel plant, which would be required to power a bioship. The four companies are exploring how other renewable technologies could be used to reduce both the emissions and fuel costs of shipping biomass.

The biomass fuel plant would use a gasifier to combust biomass at high temperatures and create and contain gases including carbon monoxide, hydrogen, and methane. These gases would then be used to power a generator which could propel the bioship and also provide a proportion of its internal power.

The installation of a biomass fuel plant could see a 22% reduction in well-to-wake carbon emissions in bioships when compared to using fossil fuels. If this development is successful, the companies will jointly study the possibility of building a bioship by the end of 2029.

 

Photo credit: NYK
Published: 15 May 2024

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Ammonia

Hexagon Energy and Oceania ink MoU on low-emissions ammonia bunkering in Pilbara region

Under the MoU, Hexagon and Oceania will work together in demonstrating feasibility of supply of low-emissions ammonia as a bunker fuel for iron ore bulk carriers via ship-to-ship transfer.

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Hexagon Energy and Oceania ink MoU on low-emissions ammonia bunkering in Pilbara region

Hexagon Energy Materials Limited (Hexagon) on Monday (13 May) announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Oceania Marine Energy Pty Ltd (Oceania) regarding the potential development of a low-emissions ammonia bunkering business at Dampier, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

While the primary market for the WAH2 Project’s low-emissions ammonia remains substitution of coal in thermal power generation in Japan and South Korea, ammonia bunkering has the potential to be a valuable, additional, domestic market. 

“This would involve the supply of low-emissions ammonia as a fuel for the bulk carriers that ship iron ore exports from Australian producers to customers across Asia,” Hexagon said in an announcement on the Australian Securities Exchange. 

“This collaboration has the potential to create a new Australian business that uses locally-produced low-emissions ammonia to help decarbonise Australia’s iron ore exports.”

Under the MoU, Hexagon and Oceania have committed to work together with the intention of:

  • Demonstrating the feasibility of the supply of low-emissions ammonia as a bunker fuel for iron ore bulk carriers via ship-to-ship transfer;
  • Confirming demand for ammonia bunkering and potential commercial terms;
  • Defining an appropriate development plan; and
  • Engaging with government and other stakeholders.

Hexagon and Oceania will jointly engage with stakeholders (including ship owners, fuel traders, iron ore producers, port authorities and government) to complete their market assessment, develop an appropriate business model and development plan and pursue preliminary offtake agreements for low-emissions ammonia as a bunker fuel. It is envisaged that this work will be completed in Q4 2024.

The MOU has a two-year term to allow for subsequent collaboration past the anticipated final investment decision for Hexagon’s WAH2 Project.

Hexagon’s target remains WAH2 front end engineering design (FEED) entry in mid-2024 following completion of planned technical work and finalisation of conditional commercial agreements for key aspects of the project (noting that a bunkering offtake agreement is not considered a pre-requisite for FEED entry, rather an opportunity to add incremental value during FEED). Confidential negotiations continue and Hexagon intends to have the key agreements in place to support the start of FEED in Q3 2024.

Chief Executive Officer Stephen Hall, said: “This Memorandum of Understanding with Oceania Marine Energy represents another significant step for Hexagon’s WAH2 low-emissions ammonia project.

It offers the opportunity to establish a new bunkering industry in Western Australia that could play a leading role in decarbonising Australia’s iron ore exports for the benefit of Australia and its trading partners in Asia. This opportunity offers market diversity, requires no additional capital expenditure and is complementary to Hexagon’s primary objective of exporting low-emissions ammonia from WAH2 to help decarbonise power generation in Asia.”

“I look forward to making further announcements as Hexagon continues to progress confidential negotiations with key input providers, potential off-takers and strategic partners.”

 

Photo credit: Hexagon Energy
Published: 14 May, 2024

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