Höegh Autoliners, a leading global roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) shipping company, has announced a partnership with Norwegian green power company North Ammonia for the supply, distribution, delivery and consumption of green ammonia, a carbon-free product Fuel made from renewable energy sources.
The partnership is particularly focused on Höegh Autoliners’ Aurora-class ammonia-capable dual-fuel vessels, the world’s largest and most environmentally friendly pure-car and truck transporters. So far, the company has ordered eight ships of this class from Xiamen Shipbuilding in China. The delivery of two ships is expected every six months from the second half of 2024.
Designed to carry up to 9,100 cars, the vessels feature reinforced decks and upgraded internal ramp systems to accommodate electric vehicles on all decks and provide greater flexibility for heavier project cargo.
Green ammonia has emerged as a promising alternative fuel that can help the maritime industry reduce its carbon emissions.
Under the terms of the agreement, Höegh Autoliners will source green ammonia from North Ammonia’s planned production facility in Arendal, southern Norway.
“We are proud to partner with an ambitious Norwegian supplier of green ammonia to enable the transition to a more sustainable future,” said Andreas Enger, CEO of Höegh Autoliners. “This collaboration will not only reduce our environmental impact and carbon footprint. It will also set a new standard for the entire industry and support our partners and customers to decarbonize their supply chain.” Enger also mentioned the positive feedback and strong interest from major European car manufacturers in enabling lower-emission transportation of cars along the entire supply chain.
Sebjørn Dahl, COO of Höegh Autoliners, highlighted the importance of green ammonia as a viable marine fuel, calling it a game changer for the industry. He also noted the impressive speed of adoption so far.
“I thought this development would be achievable in 10 years. But technology is advancing faster than expected and the future is here. This partnership will ensure that we and our Norwegian industrial suppliers are well positioned to face that future. With this partnership, we are laying another milestone in shaping the infrastructure of the future – with a green and sustainable focus,” said Dahl.
Founded in 2021 by Grieg Maritime Group and Arendals Fossekompani, North Ammonia aims to become Norway’s leading green energy provider for the maritime sector.
“We depend on pioneers like Höegh for the maritime energy transition and this partnership shows the growing demand for green ammonia in deep-sea shipping. As an infrastructure developer, we hope this collaboration will inspire other companies in the industry to develop and order green vessels,” says Vidar Lundberg, CEO of North Ammonia.
The collaboration will help Höegh Autoliners achieve its goal of running at least 5% of its deepwater operations on green ammonia by 2030. It is also part of the company’s First Movers Coalition commitment and is in line with its goal of consuming at least 100,000 tonnes of green ammonia within its fleet in the same year. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, the company operates approximately 40 RoRo vessels in global trading systems and makes approximately 3,000 port calls each year. The company employs around 375 people and around 1,450 seafarers in its 16 offices worldwide.
North Ammonia has chosen the Eydehavn site in the port of Arendal as the location for the production, storage and export infrastructure. The location offers strategic positioning for access to the rest of Europe and efficient access to the electricity grid and renewable energy supply. Operations are expected to start in 2027.
Höegh Autoliners said green ammonia bunkering is likely to take place in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp area, with green ammonia distribution to bunker locations in Europe potentially being facilitated by Grieg’s future ammonia bunker ships.