A shipbuilder and engine maker are among leading companies looking to
develop a vessel that can run on ammonia as part of efforts to speed up carbon
reductions in shipping through cleaner fuel options, officials said on
Wednesday 15 Jan.
The new project aims to design an oil tanker that can be fuelled with
ammonia and whose technology can be adapted to other types of ships, officials
It brings together engine maker MAN Energy Solutions, shipbuilder
Samsung Heavy Industries, ship classification society Lloyd’s Register and
maritime energy services company MISC Berhad.
International shipping accounts for 2.2%
of global carbon dioxide emissions says IMO
International shipping accounts for 2.2% of global carbon dioxide
emissions, according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), more
than aviation’s 2% share.
The IMO, a United Nations agency, has said it aims to halve greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions from 2008 levels by 2050.
Investor and activist pressure is prompting companies to look to step
up ways to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint.
High costs and potential safety issues
have meant that future fuels such as ammonia have been slow to advance.
“MAN are working hard to make the engine ready for ships to be
delivered from 2024. This suggests a best case scenario of full design work
completed such that a commercial ship building contract could be placed in 2022
for delivery in 2024,” marine & offshore director at Lloyd’s Register Nick
Brown told Reuters.
“But delays may be experienced especially if the fuel supply industry
does not provide more assurance that new fuels will be available and at what
Shipping companies exploring solutions to
enable zero carbon ships by 2030,
Shipping companies are exploring solutions ranging from using
high-quality paint to working on infrastructure to enable zero carbon ships to
be on the water by 2030, which is seen as the latest time to be ready for 2050
given that ships have a lifespan of up to 25 years.
“We all know that the industry–wide movement is vital, and new
zero-carbon fuel technologies, such as ammonia fuel, are to be brought on the
table, in order to take action proactively on maritime GHG emissions in
accordance with the IMO’s ambitious road map,” Joon Ou Nam, president and chief
executive of Samsung Heavy Industries, said in a separate statement.