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Friday, June 11, 2021 

ClassNK has joined a group of 23 industry players which are setting up a Joint Study framework to investigate common issues on ammonia (NH3) as an alternative fuel, in preparation for IMO’s decarbonisation targets, as well as similar moves to cut emissions in other industries.

ClassNK and the 22 partner companies have entered into a memorandum of understanding. The founding partners include ABS, Anglo American, 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.

In line with the agreed procedure, various common issues are to be discussed, including:

  1. Safety assessment of NH3 fuelled ships under guideline,
  2. Safety assessment of NH3 bunkering,
  3. NH3 fuel specification, and
  4. Net CO2 emission at NH3 production.

This framework may ask NH3 producers, relevant international organisations, port authorities/regulators in potential bunkering countries to share their opinion, view, expertise and experience.

The Joint Study framework keeps door open for other companies or organisations to become involved in the Joint Study.

In order to achieve the decarbonisation goals set by IMO, the early adoption of ammonia as a suitable zero emission, alternative marine fuel is one of the key elements.

The purpose of this Joint Study is not limited to the common issues and challenges presented by ammonia as an alternative marine fuel, but also to consider the development of ammonia fuelled ships and the worldwide supply chain for ammonia. ClassNK intends to promote initiatives to reduce GHGs with the cooperation of domestic and overseas clients, as well as the relevant government agencies.

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