Fortescue dual-fuel ammonia powered vessel wins transport award at the WHS in Rotterdam

Fortescue ammonia vessel Rotterdam WHS
Fortescue dual-fuel ammonia powered vessel wins transport award at the WHS in Rotterdam

Nominated for two products at the World Hydrogen 2024 Awards, the Australian group Fortescue has won in the transport category for a dual-fuelled vessel that can run on ammonia and diesel.

The Green Pioneer has been converted to run on ammonia, in addition to diesel. This solution, proposed by Fortescue and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, has been approved. Following successful fuel transfers and subsequent sea trials, the vessel received flag approval from the Singapore Ship Registry. It has also received regulatory and class certificates from classification society DNV approving the use of ammonia, in combination with diesel, as a marine fuel.

Hubs and corridors for ammonia as a fuel?

This is a world first and a major step towards decarbonising maritime transport. “We are delighted to recognise the efforts and achievements from these global hydrogen pioneers, who are truly paving the way for the industry, hitting enormous milestones that others can build upon,” stated Sustainable Energy Council Managing Director, Chris Huggall.

As for Fortescue Energy CEO, Mark Hutchinson: “The Green Pioneer stands as a testament to our delivery capability and dedication, showcasing the future of green ammonia as a marine fuel.” He calls on ports, legislators and institutions to join the group in this initiative to create ammonia hubs and corridors.

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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Mariem Ben Tili

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Laurent Meillaud

Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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