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Vessel news: bunker tankers, VLACs, pulp carriers & dual-fuel new builds

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.

New marine engine partnerships to accelerate deployment

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.

New marine engine collaboration, safety systems and key AiPs awarded

A new MoU between WinGD and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding will see the deployment of WinGD’s X-DF-A ammonia-fueled engines to a range of vessels. In Norway, Wärtsilä has unveiled a safety system designed for continuous onboard monitoring of ammonia leaks, featuring a staged combustion process to deal with accidental releases. And classification society DNV has awarded AiP to two significant ammonia-fueled vessel designs: the MS NoGAPs, and Viridis Bulk Carriers’ short sea bulk carrier.

WinGD to develop ammonia maritime engines by 2025

Swiss-based engine developer WinGD has announced that its current portfolio of low-speed maritime engines will be ready to operate on methanol and ammonia by 2024 and 2025 respectively. Although WinGD's diesel-fueled X Engine series will require retrofits, the X-DF Engine series is already designed to run on biogas and will not require major modifications to run on methanol or ammonia.

The Ammonia Wrap: Ørsted's P2X vision for the North Sea, Gunvor's new sustainability commitments, the finance world backs green hydrogen and Hydrofuel-Ontario Tech's new partnership

Welcome to the Ammonia Wrap: a summary of all the latest announcements, news items and publications about ammonia energy. This week: Ørsted unveils its P2X vision for the North Sea, energy trader Gunvor commits $500 million to sustainability, emissions reductions, finance world backs green hydrogen, Hydrofuel and Ontario Tech join forces and a new blue hydrogen/ammonia collaboration.