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WÄRTSILÄ AND SHI TO COLLABORATE ON AMMONIA ENGINES FOR NEWBUILDS

WÄRTSILÄ AND SHI TO COLLABORATE ON AMMONIA ENGINES FOR NEWBUILDS

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 

Wärtsilä and the Korean shipbuilding company Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) have signed a joint development programme (JDP) agreement aimed at developing ammonia-fuelled vessels with four-stroke auxiliary engines available for future newbuild projects.

Both parties say they recognise the importance of future carbon-free fuels in the marine industry’s drive towards decarbonisation. Wärtsilä is currently involved in developing engines for operation on future clean fuels, and has already successfully tested an engine running with a fuel mix containing 70% ammonia. The company anticipates having an engine concept capable of operating with 100% ammonia in 2023.

SHI VP Youngkyu Ahn said: “There is a lot of interest from owners and operators in the potential for new clean-burning fuels, and ammonia is thought to be among the most promising of these candidates. Wärtsilä has already made significant progress in testing ammonia, and we are pleased to work together with them to bring this to reality.”

“Decarbonisation has become the industry’s goal, and we at Wärtsilä are committed to doing everything possible to achieve this ambition. The adoption of a new generation of carbon-free fuels is central to a decarbonised future for shipping, so this JDP agreement represents an important step forward,” said Östen Lindell, Sales Director, Wärtsilä Marine Power.

According to SHI, the most likely initial newbuild targets for ships utilising ammonia fuel will be container vessels and very large crude carriers, operating with two-stroke main engines and four-stroke Wärtsilä auxiliary engines.

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