Höegh Autoliners: progress on Aurora Class vessel

Höegh expects the first pair of ammonia-powered car carriers to be delivered late next year from China Merchants Heavy Industry at the Jiangsu Shipyard in China. This month, a new LNG/ammonia tank was installed in the first of the vessels, and MAN ES engines have arrived from Korea, with installation to take place in early December. Höegh has also announced a partnership with Yara Clean Ammonia to develop a future supply of ammonia fuel for the vessels.


NYK Line: progress on tugboat conversion in Yokohama

NYK reports the retrofitting of the LNG-fueled tugboat Sakigake has begun in Yokohama. An ammonia-fueled engine developed by IHI Power Systems, NYK, Japan Engine Corporation and Nihon Shipyard will replace the conventional system on board, with the tug due to hit the water by 2024. NYK & Chilean copper producer CODELCO have also announced they are developing an ammonia-powered Handymax bulk carrier, aiming to develop a fleet to service the cross-Pacific copper trade.


From Japan to North America, Striving for a Low Carbon Future through Advances in Ammonia Production

The transition to a low carbon future is a paramount global challenge, requiring innovative solutions that transcend geographical boundaries. IHI has made promising strides in ammonia production technologies, usage technologies, and engineering for a sustainable energy transformation. The presentation explains the journey from Japan’s pioneering role in utilizing ammonia as an energy carrier, including its use as a co-firing fuel in a pulverized coal power plant, to North America’s adaptation and expansion of these advancements. Amid the drive to curb carbon emissions, this presentation underscores the significance of global knowledge sharing in pursuit of cutting-edge ammonia-based solutions.


We do it safely, or not at all: the marine ammonia fuel journey

In our latest episode of Maritime Ammonia Insights, Matt Dunlop (MMMZCS) and Samie Parkar (Lloyd’s Register’s) stepped us through key outcomes of a new, comprehensive safety study for ammonia-fuelled shipping. Combining Quantitative Risk Analysis with Human Factors analysis, a series of risk mitigation & worker training recommendations provides a path forward for the safe operations of ammonia-fuelled vessels.


IEA: ammonia key to decarbonising shipping by 2050

With international shipping activity to more than double by 2050, the IEA forecasts that ammonia’s share of final energy consumption in the industry will rise to 44% in 2050, with a suite of other low-carbon fuels to play smaller roles. Lloyd’s Register & OCI HyFuels have also forecast that ammonia (and particularly electrolytic ammonia) will become the most significant fuel in the maritime sector by 2050.