They create the first container ship powered by ammonia

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Inspenet, November 7, 2023.

Yara Clean Energy , in collaboration with North Sea Container Line , is developing the world’s first container ship that will run on ammonia as a propulsion source and is expected to be operational by 2026. This vessel, called Yara Eyde , has been designed to operate on the trade route between Norway and Europe.

Yara International, which marked an industry milestone with the Yara Birkeland, the world’s first self-driving electric container ship, continues its green commitment with the Yara Eyde. Maritime transport represents 2.8% of global carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions, equivalent to 706 million tons of CO 2 in 2022. The use of pure ammonia on the Yara Eyde will contribute to the reduction of emissions from shipping .

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“Ammonia as a fuel does not pollute. When we produce it from renewable energies or with natural gas, where up to 95% of CO emissions2 are captured and stored permanently, it will quickly be a good solution to reduce carbon emissions in the maritime sector,” says Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, head of Yara Clean Ammonia.

The contribution of Yara Eyde

The Yara Eyde ship will extend the zero-emission value chain from Brevik to continental ports. This new vessel is expected to save around 11,000 tonnes of CO 2 emissions each year. However, the companies have not shared specific details about the precise characteristics of the container ship proposed in the project.

Yara Clean Ammonia will supply ammonia without the use of fossil fuels or with virtually zero carbon emissions to Yara Eyde. In collaboration with Azane Fuel Solutions, a fuel storage and supply infrastructure is being established to ensure the availability of pure ammonia in Norwegian ports, and subsequently, in Scandinavian ports.

This supply system could also contribute to meeting Norway’s goal of reducing emissions in the maritime sector. Initial pilot projects are supported by Enova and Innovation Norway and one of the barges is planned to provide low-emission fuel to Yara Eyde in Brevik.

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