The Dutch fuel supplier OCI announced a second agreement with a major shipping company to promote the commercialization of ammonia-fueled ships.
The OCI announced it will work with MAN Energy Solutions and Hartmann Gas Carriers to begin the commercialization of ammonia as a marine fuel.
The deal comes after another deal with OCI’s Eastern Pacific Shipping, which will focus on methanol in the short term and switch to ammonia in the long term.
LEADERSHIP STRUGGLE IN A DEVELOPING MARKET
These agreements are stated to be part of the OCI’s initiative to lead early in emerging markets.
According to the company, OCI’s core products, ammonia and methanol, are the only practical alternatives for long-distance sea shipping. It is underlined that when global infrastructure is available, these products can act as a bridge to the transition from gray to green, until the industry is completely switched to products based on renewable energy sources.
THE MARINE INDUSTRY AT THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA
“Hartmann Gas Carries Germany, together with its commercial subsidiary GasChem Services in Hamburg, is confident of the opportunities that ammonia fueled ships will offer to the environment. We are proud and excited to be part of this highly innovative, forward-looking project at a time when the maritime industry is at the dawn of a new era and options are being sought to decarbonize shipping. “The new ship type will enable us to significantly reduce carbon emissions and set new standards for environmentally friendly transport.”
SHIPPING WILL BE THE MOST DIFFICULT SECTOR TO BE PURIFIED FROM CARBON
According to the partners, the maritime industry will be one of the most difficult to decarbonize due to the cost-effectiveness of conventional fuel and the dispersed nature of refueling operations. However, they believe that compared to hydrogen and LNG, ammonia offers significant advantages to help the maritime industry meet its emissions reduction goals. OCI emphasizes that ammonia is widely used and easier to store with a comprehensive global distribution and storage infrastructure.
METHANOL PRODUCTION TO BE NEEDED BY 2050 IS 7 TIMES OF THE CURRENT PRODUCTION
It is stated that showing ammonia and methanol as the most logical alternatives to conventional fuels offers a great opportunity for OCI. The company is accelerating the production of blue and green ammonia and methanol at its facilities, making it a top priority to manufacture these low-carbon fuels for transportation.
It is believed that converting all long-haul shipping to methanol will require around 650 to 720 million tonnes per year by 2050, six to seven times the current total global methanol production. Similarly, they estimate that the maritime industry will need around 750-900 million tons of ammonia annually by 2050, which is four to 5 times the current total global ammonia production.
” AMMONIA AND METHANOL ARE THE FUELS OF THE FUTURE ”
“Ammonia and methanol are the fuels of the future, and we are excited to continue to play a role in the cost-effective transition to zero carbon through these partnerships,” said Ahmed El-Hoshy, Chief Executive Officer of OCI NV.
WE WILL DELIVER THE FIRST AMMONIA FUELED ENGINE IN 2024
MAN Solutions also said that methanol and ammonia are very interesting candidates as zero-carbon fuels.
As a leading engine manufacturer, MAN stated that it is working to develop the next generation of drive systems.
MAN has already launched a methanol-burning two-stroke engine, but expects to deliver its first ammonia-fueled engine in 2024.
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