JERA to implement the world’s first truck-to-ship bunkering of fuel ammonia
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JERA to implement the world’s first truck-to-ship bunkering of fuel ammonia

JERA has concluded a joint study agreement with NYK and Resonac aimed at achieving the world’s first bunkering of fuel ammonia to ships

  • By ICN Bureau | April 12, 2024

JERA Co. has decided to implement, beginning in late May, truck-to-ship bunkering of fuel ammonia to an ammonia-fueled tugboat (A-Tug) owned by NYK Line (NYK).

A ceremony announcing the decision to implement bunkering of fuel ammonia to the A-Tug was held at Sea Japan 2024, an international networking event for maritime industry stakeholders.

JERA has concluded a joint study agreement with NYK and Resonac Corporation (Resonac) aimed at achieving the world’s first bunkering of fuel ammonia to ships.

So far, the partners have jointly studied the establishment of safe methods for handling fuel ammonia and the creation of systems for transporting it to and receiving it at port areas, while also liaising with related parties about developing rules related to its supply to ships.

Now that progress has been made on bunkering fuel ammonia to ships, they have decided to supply fuel ammonia to the A-Tug by tanker truck at the port of Yokohama beginning in late May 2024. When implemented, this will be the world’s first example of truck-to-ship bunkering of fuel ammonia.

The A-Tug is scheduled for delivery in June 2024. We have concluded a fuel ammonia bunkering agreement with Shin-Nippon Kaiyosha Corporation, which will operate the A-Tug, to provide it with a regular supply of fuel ammonia.

Ammonia emits no CO2 when burned, so using it as ship fuel enables a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at sea. We believe this will make a substantial contribution to achieving zero-emissions shipping in the future.

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