American Bureau of Shipping, AP Moller – Maersk A/S, Fleet Management Limited, Georgia Ports Authority, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, Savage Services, Sumitomo Corporation and TOTE Services agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) . conduct a feasibility study together.
These companies aim to build a comprehensive and competitive ship-to-ship green ammonia supply chain on the east coast of the United States. Specifically, this study is being conducted at the Port of Savannah in Georgia, USA.
Ammonia, which does not emit CO2 when burned, has long been recognized as one of the most promising alternative marine fuels for reducing direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the shipping industry.
According to the report, this aligns with the current International Maritime Organization (IMO) strategy to halve emissions by 2050, which is currently being revised and will hopefully become a strategy to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
In addition, ammonia produced exclusively from renewable sources, also known as “green ammonia”, is carbon-free and can offer major environmental benefits.
The study aims to cover the entire end-to-end ammonia bunkering supply chain, which includes the development of a cost-effective green ammonia supply chain as well as the construction of an articulated ammonia bunker tug (AB-ATB) as a related supply chain infrastructure.
“Ammonia offers shipowners and operators a zero-carbon tank-to-wake emissions profile,” said Panos Koutsourakis, vice president of global sustainability at the American Bureau of Shipping. “However, we also recognize that ammonia presents a number of unique safety and technology challenges. We look forward to working with the other project members and sharing our industry-leading experience with ammonia fueled vessels to support the study.”