Vopak Terminal Singapore, Pavilion Energy, Trafigura and 20 other firms have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to look at the potential of using green ammonia as an alternative marine fuel.
The joint study framework will be led by Japan’s Itochu Corporation, and includes companies from the bunkering, chemical, energy, power and utilities, mining, manufacturing, shipping and shipbuilding and terminal industries, and classification societies. Green ammonia has the potential to help decarbonise the global shipping industry.
The study will include safety assessments of ammonia as a shipping fuel, safety assessments of ammonia bunkering, a look at ammonia fuel specifications and producing ammonia with net-zero CO2 emissions. The partners will also consider the development of ammonia-fuelled ships and the development of worldwide supply chains, and plan to ask ammonia producers, relevant international organisations, port authorities and regulators to share their views and expertise.
‘Ammonia is already a globally traded and transported commodity, but for it to be widely accepted as a marine fuel we need to help demystify the risks and safety measures needed so that they are understood by policymakers and the maritime industry,’ says Rasmus Bach Nielsen, global head of fuel decarbonisation for Trafigura.
The full list of founding signatories is ABS, Anglo American, ClassNK, DNV, Equinor, Fortescue Metals Group, Genco Shipping & Trading, Itochu Enex, Itochu, JERA, K Line, MAN Energy Solutions, Mitsui E&S Machinery, Nihon Shipyard, NS United, Pavilion Energy, TotalEnergies, Trafigura, UBE Industries, Uniper SE, Uyeno Transtech, Vale and Vopak Terminal Singapore. The study is still open to other interested parties and Itochu has invited potential participants to get in touch.
Another Vopak subsidiary, Vopak LNG, recently signed an MoU with Keppel Data Centres, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Linde Gas Singapore, and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) to explore the development of hydrogen supply infrastructure in Singapore, as part of the company’s efforts to support the energy transition through its New Energy strategy.