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WinGD partners with Alfa Laval to develop ammonia-fuelled marine engines

Alfa Laval will deliver two fuel supply systems for testing WinGD’s ammonia-fuelled engine at WinGD Engine Research and Innovation Centre in Switzerland in early 2024.

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WinGD partners with Alfa Laval to develop ammonia-fuelled marine engines

Alfa Laval on Tuesday (12 December) said it has established a partnership with Swiss engine designer WinGD in which Alfa Laval will deliver two fuel supply systems (FSS) for testing WinGD’s ammonia-fuelled engine in early 2024. 

Alfa Laval said the partnership is a significant step forward in the development of ammonia as a future fuel for marine vessels.

To advance the use of zero-carbon bunker fuels, WinGD is developing ammonia-fuelled engines, with the recent achievement of the first-ever Approval in Principle (AiP) from Lloyd's Register for their X-DF-A dual-fuel range powered by ammonia.

In the next step of their ongoing ammonia test campaign, WinGD has partnered with Alfa Laval to provide two customised ammonia fuel supply systems for their Engine Research and Innovation Centre in Winterthur, Switzerland. Alfa Laval will deliver the FSS for the injector test system and FSS for the engine test bench in early 2024. 

The project is in the framework of WinGD’s and Alfa Laval's earlier agreement for cooperation on methanol and ammonia, signed in 2022. This gives both companies the chance to optimise the overall fuel supply and use it for later application onboard.

"Strategic collaboration, like this one with WinGD, represents a definitive pathway towards achieving decarbonisation and fuel transition,” said Viktor Friberg, Head of Marine Separation & Fuel Supply Systems, Alfa Laval. 

“We have expanded our technological expertise to be ready with solutions for ammonia engines in alignment with our ambition. This joint research and development project is an efficient pathway to facilitate the use of one more alternative fuel.”

“With each new collaboration we are one step further on the path to running engines with zero carbon emissions,” said Sebastian Hensel, R&D Director, WinGD. 

“Our ammonia testing campaign began in 2021 with extensive research into the combustion characteristics of the fuel. The fuel supply system is an important next step in the technology development, keeping pace with our delivery targets of 2025. We are confident that Alfa Laval’s expertise and proven experience in fuel supply applications will be valuable to help us reach our goal.”

Alfa Laval’s role in the project will draw heavily on its technical knowledge in fuel supply technology and experience with a wide range of fuels, both conventional and alternative. Alfa Laval FCM, its low-flashpoint fuel supply system (LFSS), has a flexible design and fully automated operations to ensure safe and smooth process control.

“Alfa Laval is supporting customers of all types and in all stages of the fuel transition,” said Viktor. “We work with a wide range of existing and future marine fuels and adapt our technology to support our customers, regardless of their fuel choice. Drawing on our expertise with LPG, we are ready to handle ammonia in a safe and effective way.”

The project will provide a testing environment to help both the companies carry out development activities of the engine and equipment associated with it. Alfa Laval will also investigate and develop a mitigation system to secure safe handling of ammonia.

Photo credit: Alfa Laval
Published: 13 December, 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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