Ocean Network Express (ONE) has been awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) for an ammonia dual-fuelled vessel, which, along with the recent investment in 12 methanol dual-fuelled vessels, marks another milestone for ONE on its journey towards net-zero by 2050.
The newly AiP-awarded 3,500 TEU vessel was jointly developed by ONE, Nihon Shipyard(NSY) and DNV, as part of a joint development project established in late 2022.
ONE has been studying the feasibility of ammonia as an alternative fuel for zero emission according to the roadmap for alternative fuels which was developed by ONE in 2022. In conjunction with the roadmap, ONE participated in a GCMD-led ammonia bunkering pilot safety study.
Koshiro Wake, SVP Corporate Strategy and Sustainability, ONE said: “Ammonia is definitely one of the primary focuses of our research as ammonia fuel has a great potential of generating lower GHG emissions than conventional marine fuels. We are pleased to have made such a progress, and we will continue our study on ammonia.”
Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria, DNV Maritime Regional Manager South East Asia, Pacific & India, added: “Ammonia is one of the promising future marine fuels with great potential to decarbonise shipping. We are confident that DNV’s rules for ammonia will help our customers to safely adopt this new fuel type once the infrastructure is in place. We are grateful to our JDP partners for entrusting us with this pioneering project that will help the entire maritime industry to adopt ammonia as a marine fuel.”
ONE Green Strategy has set an ambitious target to achieve Net-Zero GHG emissions, encompassing Scope 2 and 3 by 2050. To achieve the target, transition from conventional fuel to alternative fuels is defined as ONE’s key pillar of Green initiatives. ONE will continue to study alternative fuels as it strives to become net-zero by 2050.
Image: ONE ammonia dual-fuel container vessel (Credit: Nihon Shipyard)