Ocean Network Express (ONE) has announced the approval in principle (AiP) of an ammonia dual-fuelled vessel.
The latest AiP-awarded 3,500 TEU vessel was collaboratively developed by ONE, Nihon Shipyard Co., Ltd. (NSY), and classification society DNV as part of a three-party cooperative development project that began in late 2022.
ONE has reportedly been researching the possibility of ammonia as a zero-emission alternative fuel in accordance with the alternative fuels roadmap published by ONE in 2022. In connection with the plan, ONE took part in a GCMD-led ammonia bunkering pilot safety investigation.
Koshiro Wake, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Sustainability Department at ONE, said: “Ammonia is definitely one of the primary focuses of our research as ammonia fuel has a great potential of generating lower GHG emissions than conventional marine fuels. We are pleased to have made such a progress, and we will continue our study on ammonia.”
Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria, Regional Manager South East Asia, Pacific and India, Maritime at DNV, stated: “Ammonia is one of the promising future marine fuels with great potential to decarbonise shipping.
“We are confident that DNV’s rules for ammonia will help our customers to safely adopt this new fuel type once the infrastructure is in place. We are grateful to our JDP partners for entrusting us with this pioneering project that will help the entire maritime industry to adopt ammonia as a marine fuel.”