Eleven new partner companies and organisations have joined Itochu Corporation’s joint study framework looking at establishing ammonia as an alternative marine fuel.
The joint study framework was launched in June 2021 with 23 founding partners, including Vopak Terminal Singapore, Pavilion Energy and Trafigura. Now, Anglo Eastern Ship Management, BHP, Bureau Veritas, CMA CGM, INPEX, JFE Steel, Lloyd’s Register, Maersk, Navios Group, Rio Tinto and Vitol Asia have joined the study, taking the total number of participants to 34.
The joint study framework will assess a number of common topics related to ammonia, including the safety of ammonia-fuelled ships, the safety of ammonia bunkering, ammonia fuel specifications and the net CO2 emissions of ammonia production. Three major ammonia producers, CF Industries, Nutrien and Yara, have already collaborated with the study, and the framework partners hope to speak to other ammonia producers, related international organisations, port authorities and regulators in potential bunkering countries to share opinions, expertise and experience.
Itochu says that the joint study framework is an important step towards developing ships that use ammonia as a fuel and establishing a global ammonia supply chain.
‘Ammonia is a strong candidate as an alternative fuel in the maritime industry. We need R&D and collaboration to assess its full potential. The work of this coalition will certainly bring real insights and expertise to develop the innovative solutions we need,’ says Alex Gregg Smith, senior vice president and chief executive, M&O North Asia & China at Bureau Veritas.