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A consortium of industry stakeholders has received approval in principle from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for the design of an ammonia bunkering vessel.

The consortium, consisting of A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S, Fleet Management Limited, Keppel Offshore & Marine, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, Sumitomo Corporation and ABS, has also announced the addition of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line) and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

As previously reported, the consortium was originally announced in March 2021 with the aim of conducting a feasibility study for establishing a supply chain for green ammonia ship-to-ship (STS) bunkering at the Port of Singapore.

In the past year, the consortium identified potential ammonia supply sources and indicative costs, as well as undertook the preliminary design and cost estimation for critical infrastructure, such as ammonia storage tanks and bunkering vessels, leading to the AiP from ABS for the bunker vessel design.

With the addition of "K" Line and the MPA as new members, the parties intend to build on the current findings and begin development works to establish an integrated supply chain, with the goal to commence ammonia bunkering by 2030.

The parties say they will continue to seek cooperation with various stakeholders of the maritime industry and relevant Singaporean ministries and agencies to realise the world's first ammonia fuel supply chain.

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