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Decision to Implement the World’s First Truck-to-Ship Bunkering of Fuel Ammonia2024/04/10

JERA Co., Inc. (“JERA”) has decided to implement, beginning in late May, truck-to-ship bunkering of fuel ammonia to an ammonia-fueled tugboat (“A-Tug”) owned by NYK Line (“NYK”).
A ceremony announcing the decision to implement bunkering of fuel ammonia to the A-Tug was held today at Sea Japan 2024*.

From left: Tsutomu Yokoyama (Executive Officer, NYK), Yuichiro Kato (Head of the Low Carbon Fuel Value Chain Division, JERA), Takeshi Kato (Representative Director and President, Shin-Nippon Kaiyosha Corporation), Osamu Shimada (Executive Officer, Tokyo Power Technology Ltd.), Hiroshi Adachi (Executive Officer; General Manager, Basic Chemicals Business Unit, Resonac)


JERA has concluded a joint study agreement with NYK and Resonac Corporation (“Resonac”) aimed at achieving the world’s first bunkering of fuel ammonia to ships. (Ref: 13 December 2023 press release)
So far, we have jointly studied the establishment of safe methods for handling fuel ammonia and the creation of systems for transporting it to and receiving it at port areas, while also liaising with related parties about developing rules related to its supply to ships.


Now that progress has been made on bunkering fuel ammonia to ships, we have decided to supply fuel ammonia to the A-Tug by tanker truck at the port of Yokohama beginning in late May 2024. When implemented, this will be the world’s first example of truck-to-ship bunkering of fuel ammonia.
The A-Tug is scheduled for delivery in June 2024. We have concluded a fuel ammonia bunkering agreement with Shin-Nippon Kaiyosha Corporation, which will operate the A-Tug, to provide it with a regular supply of fuel ammonia.


As we work to achieve our JERA Zero CO2 Emissions 2050 objective of net-zero CO2 emissions from domestic and overseas business operations by 2050, we are taking on the challenge of building hydrogen and ammonia supply chains. The supply of fuel ammonia to ships is our first example of a decarbonization solution that reaches beyond power generation sector toward use in other industrial sectors (multi-purpose).
Ammonia emits no CO2 when burned, so using it as ship fuel enables a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at sea. We believe this will make a substantial contribution to achieving zero-emissions shipping in the future.


* Sea Japan 2024
An international networking event for maritime industry stakeholders including shipbuilders, shipowners, and providers of maritime equipment. In addition to an exhibition that draws more than 580 exhibitors from 28 countries and regions and 20,000 visitors, the varied lineup of industry events also includes more than 90 industry seminar sessions.