Amon Maritime, ship operator based in Norway, has started Amon Offshore, created to build, own and operate a fleet of ammonia-powered supply ships for the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The new company intends to operate services with ammonia-powered offshore platform supply vessels. The design of a new PSV has already received approval in principle from classification society DNV and preliminary approval from the Norwegian maritime authority.
The new clean shipping venture aims to have the vessels operational by 2025. No yards have yet been named for the work. Norway wants all PSVs on the Norwegian Continental Shelf to have zero-emission operations by 2030. This could necessitate about 80 newbuildings or modernised vessels for service operation between 2025 and 2030.
Amon has developed an ammonia-fuelled vessel using Kongsberg Maritime design and technologies. The vessels will be managed by Amon Maritime’s in-house, fully integrated new ship management unit in Norway, Ula Ship Management, a joint venture with German company Bernhard Schulte.