ClassNK, Consort Bunkers, Daihatsu Diesel Mfg., Daikai Engineering, and SeaTech Solutions International (S) have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding concerning a joint study on an ammonia-fuelled ammonia bunkering tanker. The MOU was signed by representatives of all five parties with the presence of an official from Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore at the Gastech2023 event held in Singapore last week.
Consort Bunkers operates bunkering ships in Singapore, the world’s largest bunkering port; Daihatsu Diesel develops alternative fuel engines including ammonia; Daikai Engineering provides sales of machinery and marine equipment and after-sales service in the Southeast Asian region; ClassNK is a leading class society involved in the safety assessment of ships; and SeaTech Solutions International designs ships equipped with alternative fuel engines. They have all agreed to jointly study the concept design of the ammonia fuelled ammonia tanker and the issuance of relevant Approval in Principle.
Under the MOU witnessed by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, the five parties will pool their expertise and collaborate toward the realization of decarbonized shipping.
Hayato Suga, Executive Vice President, ClassNK said: “It is our great pleasure to work together with prominent partners to fill in the pieces for advancing decarbonization of shipping. ClassNK will strive to fulfill its role, reviewing the safety and integrity of the developed design in accordance with our rules related to ammonia transport and its use as fuel, and hope to materialize the outcome as our AiP.”
Yeo Siok Keak, Director/General Manager, Consort Bunkers Pte Ltd, said: “We are much honoured to be part of this collaboration with the various esteemed partners on the development of ammonia bunkering. Consort is looking forward to rendering full support in the collaborative study for concept design and AiP initiative towards the realization of decarbonized shipping.”
Yoichi Hayata, Director, Technical Management Division, Daihatsu Diesel Mfg. Co., said: “Recently, there has been an urgent need to reduce GHG emissions from ships, and the use of ammonia as a zero-carbon fuel has been attracting attention, however, there are issues with combustibility and safety. We have already conducted basic tests on ammonia, and have obtained knowledge on combustion characteristics, trends in exhaust gas emissions, precautions for handling, etc. Utilizing this knowledge, we will join forces with MOU member companies and contribute to the cooperation in acquiring ammonia bunkering vessel AiP and the development of GHG reduction technology.”
Mikio Kaneda, Managing Director, Daikai Engineering Pte., said: “We are both honoured and excited to be part of this collaborative venture. The maritime industry stands at the cusp of a transformative era, and our joint effort to develop an ammonia-fueled vessel embodies our collective commitment to sustainable innovation. Together, we are not just envisioning a greener future; we are actively working to make it a reality.”
Govinder Singh Chopra, Managing Director, SeaTech Solutions International (S) Pte said: “SeaTech is committed to the MPA initiative for the Net Zero decarbonization of Singapore Harbour Vessels. I am looking forward to embarking on this new chapter of sustainable innovation with Consort Bunkers, ClassNK, Daihatsu Diesel and Daikai.”
Capt. M Segar, Assistant Chief Executive (Operations), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, said: “MPA welcomes studies, pilots, and collaborations that contribute to the maritime sector’s decarbonisation efforts. Joint studies such as the one under this MOU, are useful in bringing together the collective expertise and experience of various leading stakeholders to deepen the industry’s knowledge and confidence in handling the new future fuels, and to accelerate the development of future fuel solutions to meet the revised IMO GHG emission ambitions for international shipping.“