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COP27: the Green Shipping Challenge

The US and Norway launched the Green Shipping Challenge in Sharm el-Sheikh this month. The Challenge encompasses more than forty different announcements & initiatives, including ammonia fuel production in Namibia, ammonia-powered cargo shipping in Finland, ammonia-powered pilot vessels in Norway's Green Shipping Programme, and a host of new green corridor projects. A trio of new reports have also provided an assessment of progress to date in green corridor development, and suggested key next steps.

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Amon Maritime unveils ammonia-powered, offshore platform supply vessel

Amon Maritime has launched a new subsidiary - Amon Offshore - which will build, own and operate a fleet of ammonia-powered platform supply vessels, to operate off Norway’s coast. The new PSV design has already received AiP for ammonia notation from DNV, and preliminary flag approval from Norwegian Maritime Authorities. We also explore two more AiP for ammonia-powered vessels in China: a 16,000 TEU container ship and a 50,000 tonne, mid-range oil/chemical tanker.

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Amogy, Southern Devall to deploy ammonia-powered barge on the Mississippi River

Amogy’s ammonia-to-power system will be retrofitted onto a tank barge operated by Southern Devall, a Louisiana-based organisation specialising in bulk chemical and fertiliser transport throughout the Mississippi River and Gulf Intracoastal Waterway System. The retrofit is due to be complete in late 2023, and following successful trials more vessels in Southern Devall’s fleet will be retrofitted to run on ammonia fuel.

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Cepsa and Port of Rotterdam to create a green maritime corridor from the Mediterranean

Cepsa and the Port of Rotterdam will establish a green maritime corridor between southern and northern Europe. Renewable hydrogen will be produced near the Bay of Algeciras (Spain) and exported to Rotterdam, with ammonia and methanol both listed as potential vectors. The pair expect the corridor to be operational by 2027. This week the Port of Rotterdam also announced that a potential green maritime corridor to the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden is under development.

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Ammonia-powered Aframaxes

Thailand’s state-owned oil & gas organisation PTT and Singapore-based AET Tankers have agreed to jointly develop two dual-fuel Aframax vessels, with the intention of powering them with ammonia fuel. AET will select a shipyard for construction, with the two vessels to be delivered to PTT for long-term charters by early 2026.

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Maritime ammonia to link UAE, Canada

Canada and the UAE will collaborate as part of the new Clean Energy Marine Hubs (CEMH) initiative: a private-public platform launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial to accelerate deployment of alternative maritime fuels. This comes as the UAE government announced it is developing a new national hydrogen strategy with GHD Group and German research institute Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

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Ammonia-powered cargo shipping in Finland

Green NortH2 Energy, Meriaura and Wärtsilä will develop a cargo vessel capable of running on ammonia fuel. Propelled by Wärtsilä multi-fuel engines, the vessel will be owned and operated by Meriaura, with Green NortH2 Energy to supply renewable ammonia fuel from its to-be-built production plant in Naantali, southwest Finland.