Sustainable Shipping Rides the Environmental Wave

by | 5 Feb 2024 | International News, Logistics

Japanese container line, Ocean Network Express (ONE), is poised to lead the way in acquiring ammonia-powered new builds, marking a significant milestone in the maritime industry. The company recently obtained approval in principle (AiP) for an advanced ammonia dual-fuel vessel, quickly following the placement of orders for its initial fleet of methanol dual-fuelled vessels. Developed collaboratively by ONE, Nihon Shipyard, and classification society Det Norske Veritas (DNV), the groundbreaking design of the 3,500 TEU vessel underscores the company’s commitment to embracing innovative and sustainable solutions.

The parent companies of ONE, namely Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Mitsui OSK Lines, and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, have previously expressed their dedication to advancing the adoption of ammonia-powered ships across various maritime segments.

Koshiro Wake, the senior vice president of Corporate Strategy and Sustainability at ONE, emphasized progress in ammonia research, highlighting its potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to traditional marine fuels. “Ammonia is undeniably a focal point in our research, given its capacity to generate lower GHG emissions. We are delighted with our progress and remain committed to furthering our exploration of ammonia as a viable fuel source.”

ONE has set an ambitious target to achieve net-zero GHG emissions, encompassing scope 2 and 3 emissions, by the year 2050. This commitment solidifies the company’s position as a trailblazer in environmentally responsible maritime practices, placing itself at the forefront of the industry’s transition towards sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives.

This announcement contributes to the ongoing progress in the shipping industry’s journey towards ammonia adoption. Recently, it was reported that Höegh Autoliners, a roll-on roll-off (RoRo) carrier, is introducing its highly anticipated Aurora Class vessels to the global RoRo business—a significant step in the industry’s transition to net-zero decarbonization. Touted as the largest and most environmentally friendly RoRos in the industry, the Aurora vessels by the Norwegian innovator will be the first in the pure car truck carrier (PCTC) segment to receive ammonia and methanol-ready notations by DNV.

(SOURCE: Asia Shipping Media)