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AiP for offshore production in Korea, government funding for maritime ammonia in Scandinavia
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Korea Research Institute of Ships & Ocean Engineering’s offshore hydrogen & ammonia production design has received Approval in Principle from the American Bureau of Shipping. In Scandinavia, the Norwegian government has awarded funding for two ammonia-fuelled vessel projects as part of a NOK 709 million funding round (including Yara Clean Ammonia & Viridis Bulk Carriers).

Vessel news: bunker tankers, VLACs, pulp carriers & dual-fuel new builds
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In vessel news this week:

  • ClassNK and partners are working on a joint study for the development of an ammonia-powered, ammonia bunkering tanker.
  • Capital Gas’ order of two very large ammonia carriers to be built by Samsung Heavy Industries are scheduled for delivery by H2 2027.
  • G2 Ocean has triggered its option of an additional two ammonia ready vessels from Grieg Maritime Group.
  • WinGD and KSS Line will explore WinGD’s X-DF-A engines for newbuild vessels, focussing on midsize & very large carriers.

Tracking the development pipeline of ammonia-ready vessels
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In vessel news this week:

  • Samsung Heavy Industries’ ammonia-powered, ultra-large ammonia carrier design has been granted AiP by Korean Register.
  • Pherousa Green Shipping’s new fleet of six Ultramax vessels will be developed alongside partner OSM Thome.
  • And Avance Gas has triggered the option of two mid-sized LPG/ammonia carriers, noting growth in global seaborne ammonia trade.
New marine engine partnerships to accelerate deployment
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Expected to become commercially available in 2025, WinGD’s X-DF-A ammonia powered engines will be fitted on Samsung Heavy Industries’ newbuild vessels. Eastern Pacific Shipping expects its ammonia powered Newcastlemaxes and VLAC fleet to be delivered from 2026 onwards, after signing a series of agreements with MAN Energy Solutions and other key partners.

Doosan Enerbility to export ammonia co-firing tech to Indonesia
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Korea-based Doosan Enerbility and Indonesia Power will partner up to deploy ammonia co-firing technology at the Suralaya Power Plant in Java. The newly-commissioned Jawa 9 & 10 generating units will be converted, with studies into a full ammonia supply chain and technical requirements to be completed by 2027 - the same year Doosan is targeting for commercialisation of its co-firing burner technology.

Japan consortium to explore ammonia imports to Osaka
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Mitsui & Co., Mitsui Chemicals, IHI Corporation and the Kansai Electric Power Company will explore the establishment of a hydrogen & ammonia supply chain based in Osaka. Ammonia fuel will be used to decarbonise electricity generation, and cracked to provide a feedstock for other industrial processes like steel-making. In South Korea, a similar partnership is evolving between LOTTE and Air Liquide. You can learn more about the emerging nexus between ammonia cracking and steel-making at our upcoming annual conference in Atlanta, USA.