MSC is researching ammonia fuel for new builds

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The world’s largest container shipping company, MSC Mediterranean Shipping, has partnered with Lloyd’s Register, Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute and MAN Energy Solutions to explore the use of ammonia as a fuel for its newly built container ships. A memorandum of understanding has been signed to develop a technical specification and design documents for an ammonia dual-fuel variant of Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute’s 8,200 TEU twin island container ship to allow the company to consider ammonia as the primary carbon-free propulsion fuel for future newbuild contracts. The vessel will be classified by MSC.
Ammonia is a promising alternative fuel for the maritime industry’s transition to sustainable operations due to its stability and reasonable energy-to-volume ratio. Ammonia doesn’t emit CO2 and is suitable for long-distance transportation. The collaboration is a crucial step in the industry’s energy transition to meet emission reduction targets set by the International Maritime Organization, said Nick Brown, CEO of Lloyd’s Register.

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