Greig and Wartsila launch Carrier ammonia in 2024
A Norwegian project to design and build one of the world’s first ammonia-fueled tankers continues with partners detailing a schedule that would see the ship in service on the Norwegian coast in 2024. Greg Edge, technology arm of the shipping company Greig Maritime Group and Wartsila received government funding for the project at the end of 2020 and are now moving into the design phase of the future vessel.
Grieg Edge entered into a contract with the firm of naval architects LMG Marin to design the MS Green Ammonia. After a thorough process, Grieg Edge decided to involve the Bergen, Norway-based Naval Architect and Ship Designer in the process of designing the vessel based on the company’s work with innovative concepts. In addition to the ammonia transporter, LMG is also working with Norled for the Hydra hydrogen ferry.
Their concept is for MS Green Ammonia to distribute green ammonia from the planned plant in Berlevåg, located in the far north of Norway, on the Barents Sea, to various locations and end users on the along the coast. When they announced the project a year ago, Greig said that the design, size and volume of the concrete are all things that depend on the market and end users. The project, however, has already established letters of intent with several strong industrial partners and plans to target owners and operators of LNG-fueled vessels as early adopters of ammonia.
“We are seeing strong interest from owners of ferries, offshore supply vessels, fishing vessels and energy companies. In total, they require an amount of energy beyond what we can achieve in this project. The market is definitely there, ”said Vidar Lundberg, Business Development Director of Grieg Star Group.
Together, the team plans to spend the next few months developing various conceptual ideas for MS Green Ammonia, before settling on a chosen conceptual design. The goal is to achieve Class Company Approval in Principle (AIP) by the end of the first half of 2022. With an AIP in place, detailed engineering will begin in the summer of 2022, with a planned launch of MS Green Ammonia in 2024.
The Norwegian Pilot-E funding program, set up by the government to encourage environmental innovation projects, confirmed in December 2020 that it had awarded $ 5.1 million to the ammonia project led by Grieg Edge and Wartsila.
Many efforts to develop ammonia transporters fueled with ammonia have advanced in Japan and South Korea. Asian shipbuilders have developed designs for the larger oceanic ammonia carriers while in Norway the focus has been on ammonia as a fuel for bulk carriers, freight operations and the tanker operating alongside. coastal roads of the country.