A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a number of maritime industry partners to jointly conduct a feasibility study for green ammonia ship-to-ship bunkering, with the ultimate aim of establishing a comprehensive supply chain at the Port of Singapore.
In a statement, Maersk said it has signed the MoU with Fleet Management Limited, Keppel Offshore & Marine, Maersk-McKinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, Sumitomo Corporation and Yara International ASA.
The Study aims to cover the entire end-to-end supply chain of ammonia bunkering, which includes the development of a cost-effective green ammonia supply chain, design of ammonia bunkering vessels, as well as related supply chain infrastructure.
Relevant government agencies and experts in Singapore will be engaged in working towards the standardization of safe operation and regulations.
The study will assess the supply of ammonia including potential synergies with Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) as a starting point.
Considering the comparable requirements for mild refrigerated storage, vessels or barges initially designed for LPG can also handle brown, blue and green ammonia.
Morten Bo Christiansen, VP and Head of Decarbonisation, Maersk, said “Alongside Methanol, at A. P. Moller – Maersk we see green ammonia as an important future fuel for the decarbonisation of our fleet.
“A dual fuel Ammonia engine is currently under development, but for green ammonia to fuel our vessels in the future we also have supply, infrastructure and safety related challenges to solve, not least when it comes to bunkering operations.
“We are pleased to work with renowned companies in this field to pave the way for Ammonia as a future fuel to decarbonise global shipping.”