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SMW 2022: MPA inks collaborations to accelerate maritime decarbonisation

07 Apr 2022

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Wednesday (6 April) entered into three Memoranda of Understanding agreements with two green shipping consortiums on the ammonia value-chain – signalling its support for the consumption of ammonia, amongst other material, as a bunker fuel.

“In our rapidly evolving interconnecting world, we must bring together complementary partners in the value chain to form a robust ecosystem,” said Mr Kenneth Lim, Assistant Chief Executive (Industry) of MPA.

“For example, MPA is a member of the Castor Initiative, and we are working closely with classification society, ship owner, engine manufacturer, terminal operator, and bunker supplier to develop the world’s first ammonia-fuelled tanker by 2025.

“As a port authority, our participation allows us to harness expertise and deepen our capabilities to harmonise safety standards and accumulate technical knowhows to prepare our transition into an inclusive, low-carbon bunkering port.”

Memoranda of Understanding agreements

The first MoU, signed with ITOCHU Corporation, ITOCHU Enex, MOL, Pavilion Energy, TotalEnergies Marine Fuels, and VOPAK Terminals, will seek to establish an ammonia fuel supply chain, including an on-shore and/or off-shore facility and an ammonia bunkering ship in Singapore.

The MoU is a key element of an integrated project that included the development of ammonia fuelled bulk carriers by ITOCHU with other partners.

The second MoU will establish a platform for 15 parties to exchange views and harmonise ammonia bunkering safety guidelines in the respective ports.

Participating companies and organisations are: Brunsbüttel Ports, the French Naval Fire Brigade of Marseille, Fundacion Valenciaport, Great Port of Marseille, HAROPA PORT, MPA, Port Authority of Huelva, Port Authority of Valencia, Port of Algeciras, Port of Rotterdam, ENEOS Ocean Corporation, Mabanaft, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Navigator Gas, Planning and Design Center for Greener Ships, ITOCHU Corporation.

The third MoU with the SABRE consortium, comprising the American Bureau of Shipping, Fleet Management Limited, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K-Line”), Keppel O&M, A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S, Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, and Sumitomo Corporation, will work on development works to establish an integrated ammonia supply chain, with the goal to commence ammonia bunkering within this decade.

In his speech on Wednesday, Mr Lim noted of a consortium formed by PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP), Air Liquide, YTL PowerSeraya, Oiltanking Asia Pacific, Kenoil Marine Services and AP-Moller Maersk to be also announcing a plan to establish a green e-methanol value chain for producing green e-methanol in Singapore.

“These initiatives on ammonia and methanol will add to the multi-fuel bunkering ecosystem in Singapore and are important milestones to bring ourselves a step closer to decarbonising the global shipping industry,” he said.

“I thank our partners for the support and hope more can join us in this green growth journey.”

Related: Singapore: MPA and Yara Intl in Ammonia-fuelled tanker Joint Development Project
Related: Singapore: Players in feasibility study for first green e-methanol plant in S.E.A.
Related: MPA blueprint prepares marine fuels sector for multi-fuel bunkering transition

The Singapore Maritime Week is taking place from 4 to 8 April 2022; other developments which have taken during this event are:

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Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore/Informa
Published: 7 April, 2022

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