Sumitomo Corporation will developed a dry bulk carrier of 80,000 to 81,000dwt in cooperation with Oshima Shipbuilding (Source: Sumitomo)

Sumitomo to develop ammonia-fuelled bulk carrier

Japanese yard Sumitomo Corporation has agreed to develop an ammonia-fuelled bulk carrier with Japan’s Oshima Shipbuilding.

“Companies in the maritime industry are required to replace the fuels for their ships with ammonia, hydrogen and other substitutes with low environmental impact and to introduce the equipment that will help them reduce their greenhouse gas emissions,” Sumitomo said. “As ammonia can be liquefied more easily than hydrogen, the substance is attracting much attention as a substitute fuel for ocean-going ships that navigate a long distance at one time.”

It is intended to complete the ship during 2025. Current plans are for a vessel with a length overall of 229m, beam of 32.26m, depth of 19.98m and design draught of 12.2m. Carrying capacity will be between 80,000dwt to 81,000dwt. Speed to be 14.3 knots.

Sumitomo will design and develop the bulk carrier, improve the navigation environment and ensure the supply of ammonia as fuel, in cooperation with Oshima Shipbuilding. In addition to building an ammonia supply chain, Sumitomo is making efforts with the Singapore government for the formulation of operation guidelines and the establishment of the necessary regulations. Sumitomo is implementing initiatives for the entire ammonia supply chain of the maritime industry by making ammonia fuel available at ports, with the aim of contributing to the decarbonisation of the shipping industry.

Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore
Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore