Imabari Shipbuilding along with MAN Energy Solutions, Mitsui E&S Machinery, ClassNK, ITOCHU ENEX and ITOCHU Corporation shake their hands and signed an agreement in order to jointly develop vessels equipped with ammonia-fueled engine and achieve net zero emissions.
In light of the situation, ClassNK noted:
The purpose of the joint agreement is not limited to the development of ships equipped with an Ammonia-fueled Engine, but also extends to the question of owning and operating the ships, supplying ammonia fuel and developing ammonia supply facilities. The consortium intends to promote initiatives to reduce GHGs with the cooperation of domestic and overseas companies, as well as the relevant government agencies.
Moreover, each participant will play a major role so as to achieve their goal for zero emission ships.
Specifically, Imabari will promote the development of ships equipped with Ammonia-fueled Engine, while design the ship that mounts a series of systems practically and safely on board, such as an ammonia storage tank as a marine fuel, a fuel supply system, and a main engine.
At the same time, MAN Energy Solutions and Mitsui E&S Machinery from their side, will provide the key data necessary for design a ship equipped with an Ammonia-fueled Engine.
As ClassNK further reported:
ClassNK will conduct a third-party safety assessment and contribute to this project based on the knowledge of expert safety evaluation and standard setting cultivated as a ship safety inspection organization and contribute to the industry widely by developing guidelines based on the results obtained.
ITOCHU ENEX will contribute to the spread of ammonia fuel for ships by setting up an ammonia fuel distribution network and offer a know-how in the operation of distribution ships for fuel supply as well as the track record of ship fuel supply.
Last but not least, ITOCHU will materialize the integrated project, leading the formation of partnerships in Japan and overseas by making use of networks with various industries / companies such as shipper, shipping company, ammonia producer and/or any other parties related to ammonia fuel supply chain, owning and operate ammonia fueled ships.