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Ammonia as a green shipping fuel: challenges and opportunities

September 23, 2021 @ 10:00 am11:30 am



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Powerful stakeholders worldwide are investing in ammonia maritime fuel cell technology; modern vessels indeed need to be able to support fleet decarbonization objectives in order to meet the IMO’s reduction target for 2050. Shipping companies seek climate-friendlier alternatives to petroleum that can propel their vessels for days or weeks at sea and still leave room on board for cargo.

Ammonia is a promising zero-carbon fuel and is going to play a pivotal role in decarbonizing the global maritime industry: no carbon dioxide when burned, it’s abundant and common and it can be made using renewable electricity, water, and air; it doesn’t have to be stored in high-pressure tanks. But no vessels of any size today are equipped to use the fuel.

In this respect the SHIPFC project will install the world’s first high-power ammonia fuel cell on a vessel, with the ultimate goal of demonstrating the feasibility of ammonia fuel cells for ocean going vessels and long sea voyages:  effectively opening up a completely new option for zero-emission shipping and creating the starting point to build up the market for zero-carbon fuels.

But this opportunity is not without challenges that can make the stakeholders hesitant to commit to investments in large-scale systems: manufacturers and engineers must face key technical hurdles and safety issues in the design of ammonia engines and fuel cells; port operators and fuel suppliers must provide bunkering infrastructure; energy companies will need to invest in solar, wind and other renewable-energy capacities to produce enough green ammonia.

The goal of the digital workshop is to set up a discussion about both the opportunities and issues, involving subjects at the forefront of this innovative path: SHIPOWNERS, SHIPBUILDERS, SUPPLIERS, REGISTERS, PORTS, ASSOCIATIONS AND POLICY MAKERS.



  • Kurt Bodewig, EU Coordination for Motorways of the Sea
  • Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
  • Tore Boge, Project Coordinator, ShipFC/NCE Maritime CleanTech
  • Charles Haskell, Decarbonisation Programme Manager, Lloyd’s Register
  • Eystein Leren, Director Industry & Market Leads, Yara International
  • Grzegorz Pawelec, Research, Innovation and Funding Manager, Hydrogen Europe
  • Tjalve Magnusson Svendsen, Researcher, Prototech
  • Dr Liu Ming, Researcher, Researcher, Maritime Energy and Sustainable Development – Nanyang Technological University
  • Josep Sanz Argent, Project Manager, Innovation and Development – Fundación Valenciaport



September 23, 2021
10:00 am–11:30 am