NYK and TB Global Technologies Ltd. (TBG), a Japanese manufacturer of cargo handling equipment for liquids, have inked a preliminary agreement to create a distribution device for ammonia fuel transfer between ships.
In this collaborative effort, the two businesses will use TBG’s technology to prevent liquid from seeping out when a ship’s bunkering boom is unexpectedly released due to a natural disaster, therefore addressing the largest difficulty in ammonia fuel delivery.
TBG will receive data from NYK about the development of its ammonia bunkering vessel (ABV), which gained ClassNK Approval in Principle (AiP) in September 2022.
NYK will also share with TBG information gathered from the Kaguya, Japan’s first LNG bunkering vessel, which is handled by Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation, a subsidiary of NYK.
A bunkering boom is a device made up of rigid pipes and hoses that connects one vessel to another in order to provide fuel. It is extremely robust since it is built of stiff pipe, and its swivel joints allow it to flexibly change direction, making it simple to use.
In May 2023, a consortium consisting of NYK Line, IHI Power Systems, Nihon Shipyard, Japan Engine Corporation, and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) successfully conducted a land-based test of the world’s first four-stroke ammonia-fuelled engine.