Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that the company, along with ITOCHU Corporation has acquired Approval in Principle (AIP) from ABS regarding an ammonia bunkering vessel.
The project is part of a joint development study on ammonia fuel supply chain in Singapore. MOL, which already has acquired experience and knowledge of LNG bunkering vessels, will play a leading role in this project together with its partners in the LNG bunkering business in Singapore-TotalEnergies Marine Fuels and Pavilion Energy Singapore.
MOL and ITOCHU jointly designed the ammonia bunkering vessel in cooperation with Sembcorp Marine Integrated, and after conducting a risk assessment (Hazard Identification Study: HAZID) with the partners in Singapore, applied for and received the AIP. The vessel’s design incorporates extensive safety measures in consideration of ammonia’s toxicity.
Marine engine manufacturers around the world are working to develop an ammonia-fuelled engine. Delivery of the first ammonia-fuelled vessel is expected in the late 2020s at the earliest. The ammonia bunkering vessel, which MOL jointly developed, will supply these next-generation-fuelled vessels.