NYK Joins Project for Safe Use of Ammonia as Marine Fuel
On April 19, NYK began participating in a new project for the purpose of establishing standards for the safe use of ammonia as a marine fuel. NYK, in collaboration with major companies worldwide, is taking part in an initiative to conduct safety assessments and establish standards for use of ammonia as a marine fuel, and thus realize the International Maritime Organization target to cut greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least 50% by 2050.
Since carbon dioxide is not emitted when ammonia is burned, ammonia is considered to have promise as a next-generation marine fuel that could mitigate shipping’s impact on climate change. In addition, it is said that zero emissions can be realized by utilizing CO2-free hydroge* as a raw material for ammonia. However, due to the extreme toxicity of ammonia, safety assessments are critical to formulate standards for use of it as a marine fuel.
This project was established to address this issue by carrying out safety assessments involving people, ship assets, and the environment through designing of a concept ship that uses ammonia as marine fuel. Begun in April 2021, the project is being sponsored by Lloyds Register (UK) and the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping (Denmark) and A. P. Moller-Maersk (Denmark), MAN Energy Solutions (Germany), Total (France), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan), and NYK are participating.