Australia-based mining giant Fortescue Future Industries’ (FFI) Chairman Dr Andrew Forrest AO has called for a net zero 2040 target to be embraced by the entire shipping industry during an address for ‘Transport Day’ at COP26, while providing the technical leadership in large shipping to support the target.
FFI’s Green Fleet Team is moving quickly to convert the 75m offshore vessel, the MMA Leveque, in collaboration with MMA Offshore Limited, over the next 12 months so it can run almost totally on green ammonia. The company believes this brings the shipping industry much closer to becoming carbon neutral well before 2040 with only entrenched industry practices slowing global progress of carbon neutral shipping.
The MMA Leveque will run on green fuel and is part of Fortescue Metal Group’s broader fleet of trucks, locomotives and ships all undergoing technical transition to operate on green fuels. No details of the conversion of the vessel have been revealed. The ship is currently powered by four Cummins KTA50-D(M) engines in a diesel electric configuration.
Speaking from ‘Transport Day’ at COP26, Dr Forrest said, “This vessel will show the shipping industry the power of a vessel fuelled by green ammonia in real world conditions. “We are investing heavily in research and development to transform our trains, trucks and ships on the road, rail and sea with zero pollution fuels as soon as possible. It is world leading technology and will assist in providing the shipping industry with the practical knowhow to decarbonise completely”.
Earlier this year, FFI’s Green Fleet Team achieved the successful combustion of blended ammonia fuel in a locomotive, paving the way to achieve a renewable locomotive operation using 100% green ammonia.
If the plans to convert MMA Leveque are realised in line with the announcement, it will likely eb a first for the shipping industry beating plans by Wärtsilä and MAN Energy Solutions to have ammonia fuelled engines at sea in 2023.