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K-LINE Kicks Off “Joint Study” Framework For Studying Ammonia As An Alternative Marine Fuel

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (hereinafter “K” LINE) is pleased to announce that “K” LINE and 22 companies from energy, mining, power utility, chemical, terminal, shipping, shipbuilding, manufacture, bunkering, and classification society established “Joint Study” framework for studying common issues on ammonia (NH3) as an alternative marine fuel beyond industry boundaries, to get ready to IMO’s decarbonization targets.

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In line with the agreed procedure, common issues including (1) Safety assessment of NH3 fuel ship under guideline, (2) Safety assessment of NH3 bunkering, (3) NH3 fuel specification, and (4) NET CO2 emission at NH3 production, are going to be discussed in this Joint Study framework. Moreover, this framework may ask some NH3 producers, relevant international organizations, port authorities/regulators in potential bunkering countries to share their opinion, view, expertise and experience.

With international momentum towards the transition to a decarbonized society since the Paris Agreement came into effect in 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted a strategy for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within the maritime industry in 2018. This strategy sets targets to reduce CO2 emissions per transport work – as an average across international shipping – by at least 40% by 2030 (compared to 2008 levels), to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% by 2050, and to phase them out entirely (zero-emissions) during this century. In order to achieve these goals, the early adoption of ammonia as a suitable zero-emission, alternative marine fuel is one of the key elements.

“K” LINE will promote initiatives to reduce GHGs with the cooperation of domestic and overseas clients, as well as the relevant government agencies for achieving the targets set forth in the “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050(*2).

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