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The container liner giant Ocean Network Express (ONE) has secured an approval in principle (AiP) for an ammonia dual-fueled vessel, after the signing of orders of twelve 13,000 TEU methanol dual-fuel container ships.

The newly AiP-awarded 3,500 TEU vessel was jointly developed by ONE, Nihon Shipyard (NSY) and classification society DNV, as part of a joint development project established in late 2022 among the three parties.

The container liner ONE signed recently contracts with Jiangnan Shipyard and Yangzijiang Shipbuilding for the construction of twelve 13,000 TEU methanol dual-fuel container ships.

The orders are split six each between Jiangnan Shipyard and Yangzijiang Shipbuilding with delivery dates from 2027.

The company said ONE´s Green Strategy has an ambitious target to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.

Koshiro Wake, senior vice president of corporate strategy & sustainability department at ONE, said: “Ammonia is definitely one of the primary focuses of our research as ammonia fuel has a great potential of generating lower GHG emissions than conventional marine fuels.

“We are pleased to have made such a progress, and we will continue our study on ammonia.”

ONE has been studying the feasibility of ammonia as an alternative fuel for zero emission according to the roadmap for alternative fuels which was developed by ONE in 2022.

In conjunction with the roadmap, ONE participated in a GCMD-led ammonia bunkering pilot safety study.

Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria, regional manager South East Asia, Pacific & India, maritime at DNV, noted: “Ammonia is one of the promising future marine fuels with great potential to decarbonize shipping.

“We are confident that DNV’s rules for ammonia will help our customers to safely adopt this new fuel type once the infrastructure is in place.”