MOL Gets Approval for Their Ammonia Bunker Supply Vessel
With the growing popularity of ammonia as a potential zero-carbon fuel, more and more shipping companies are placing orders for ammonia dual-fueled ships. The subsequent development in this trend must be the rise in demand for bunkering vessels to supply these new ammonia-powered ships. Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has realized the importance of ammonia bunker vessels in the future and has acquired approval in principle (AIP) from the American Bureau of Shipping(ABS) for its ammonia bunker supply ship. The MOL bunker vessel has been designed in cooperation with Sembcorp Marine Integrated Yard.
MOL is working on developing ammonia-powered vessels as a part of its net-zero by 2050 plans. The company plans to create an ammonia shipping business. This ammonia bunker vessel project is part of a joint development study undertaken by MOL on the ammonia-driven supply chain in Singapore.
Across the globe, we have research and studies going on to find the future fuel, making the shipping industry a greener tomorrow. Japan has been working with ammonia to develop ammonia-powered deep-sea ships and achieve a technological edge. Various Japanese shipping companies such as K Lines have partnered with renowned shipyards of Japan to bring ammonia-fueled vessels into the market as early as 2028. Recently Sumitomo Corporation had launched a design and development project with Oshima Shipbuilding for an 80,000 DWT ammonia-powered bulk carrier. It is expected that the bulk carrier will be ready for induction in service by 2025.
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