Industry players set up “Joint Study” framework for studying common issues on ammonia as an alternative marine fuel in order to get ready to IMO’s decarbonization targets.
n fact, the 23 founding signatories of this Joint Study framework include ABS, ANGLO AMERICAN, CLASSNK, DNV, EQUINOR, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP, GENCO SHIPPING & TRADING, 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, VOPAK TERMINAL SINGAPORE, ITOCHU ENEX and ITOCHU.
Under their collaboration, partners will conduct a joint study of common issues on ammonia as an alternative marine fuel beyond industry boundaries.
In line with the agreed procedure, the following common issues are going to be discussed:
- Safety assessment of NH3 fuel ship under guideline
- Safety assessment of NH3 bunkering
- NH3 fuel specification
- NET CO2 emission at NH3 production
Moreover, this framework may ask some of NH3 producers, relevant international organizations, port authorities/regulators in potential bunkering countries to share their opinion, view, expertise and experience.
Concluding, the purpose of this Joint Study is not limited to verify and sort out common issues on ammonia as an alternative marine fuel which is new challenges of all of maritime industry players, but also the key element closely linked to the integrated project with the development of ammonia fueled ship and the development of worldwide supply chain of ammonia by ITOCHU and other partners.