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Consortium to implement world’s first truck-to-ship bunkering of fuel ammonia

Consortium to implement world’s first truck-to-ship bunkering of fuel ammonia
A ceremony announcing the decision to implement bunkering of fuel ammonia to the A-Tug was held on April 10, 2024, at Sea Japan 2024. Tsutomu Yokoyama (left) Executive Officer, NYK; Yuichiro Kato, Head of the Low Carbon Fuel Value Chain Division, JERA; Takeshi Kato, Representative Director and President, Shin-Nippon Kaiyosha Corporation; Osamu Shimada, Executive Officer, Tokyo Power Technology Ltd; and Hiroshi Adachi, Executive Officer, and General Manager, Basic Chemicals Business Unit, Resonac Corporation (photo courtesy JERA).

In Japan, energy utility major JERA Co., Inc (JERA) has announced that it will implement, beginning in late May 2024, a truck-to-ship bunkering of fuel ammonia to an ammonia-fuelled tugboat (A-Tug) owned by compatriot NYK Line (NYK).

In December 2023, JERA concluded a joint study agreement with NYK Line and Resonac Corporation (Resonac) aimed at achieving the world’s first bunkering of fuel ammonia to ships.

Thus far the consortium has jointly studied the establishment of safe methods for handling fuel ammonia and the creation of systems for transporting it to and receiving it at port areas, while also liaising with related parties about developing rules related to its supply to ships.

Now that progress has been made on bunkering fuel ammonia to ships, we have decided to supply fuel ammonia to the A-Tug by tanker truck at the Port of Yokohama beginning in late May 2024.

When implemented, this will be the world’s first example of truck-to-ship bunkering of fuel ammonia.

The A-Tug is scheduled for delivery in June 2024, and a fuel ammonia bunkering agreement has been reached with Shin-Nippon Kaiyosha Corporation, which will operate the A-Tug, to provide it with a regular supply of fuel ammonia.

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