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Hydrogen as a Maritime Fuel with discussions on Ammonia

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Join DNV and experts across the industry to learn how Hydrogen and Ammonia, as maritime fuels can accelerate the energy transition

The shipping industry is under increasing pressure to act on the Paris Agreement and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The substantial emission reductions that must be achieved over the next decades are expected to drive technology development and, particularly, the introduction of low-carbon fuels. Furthermore, authorities are increasingly paying attention to the consequences of hazardous NOx, SOx and particle emissions at the local level.

Among all fuel alternatives under discussion, we have identified liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), ammonia, methanol, biofuel, hydrogen, and other power-to-fuel solutions as promising alternative fuels for shipping. Amongst which, green ammonia has shown great potential for deep sea shipping.

Both hydrogen and ammonia can play a significant role in decarbonizing the world’s energy supply and increasing focus as the energy transition moves at pace. Yet, to fully realize the potential, industry and governments must focus on three key areas to scale a hydrogen and ammonia economy: 1. Strategy, Regulation and Policy, 2. Research & Development, and 3. Implementation into projects and case studies

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The shipping industry is under increasing pressure to act on the Paris Agreement and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The substantial emission reductions that must be achieved over the next decades are expected to drive technology development and, particularly, the introduction of low-carbon fuels. Furthermore, authorities are increasingly paying attention to the consequences of hazardous NOx, SOx and particle emissions at the local level.

Among all fuel alternatives under discussion, we have identified liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), ammonia, methanol, biofuel, hydrogen, and other power-to-fuel solutions as promising alternative fuels for shipping. Amongst which, green ammonia has shown great potential for deep sea shipping.

Both hydrogen and ammonia can play a significant role in decarbonizing the world’s energy supply and increasing focus as the energy transition moves at pace. Yet, to fully realize the potential, industry and governments must focus on three key areas to scale a hydrogen and ammonia economy: 1. Strategy, Regulation and Policy, 2. Research & Development, and 3. Implementation into projects and case studies

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Register now to learn how these fuels can contribute towards zero-emission shipping.

Agenda

Hydrogen as a Maritime Fuel - with discussions on Ammonia

DAY ONE 

TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 14:00 - 15:30

Strategy, Regulation and Policy  

Welcome and Keynote

Speaker

Dr. Shahrin Osman

Regional Head of Maritime Advisory, Maritime Decarbonization and Autonomy Centre of Excellence (Asia-Pac), DNV

Ng Yi Han

Acting Director (Innovation, Technology and Talent Development), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Norwegian Government’s Hydrogen Strategy

Norway is talking a global lead on maritime decarbonization. From the famous NOx fund in 2008, via the first commercial full-electric car ferries in 2018 and the next hydrogen/FC car ferries on the waters next year, the combination of government regulations and incentives and industry engagement has led to a vibrant ecosystem around maritime decarbonization. In this session, the Norwegian government’s hydrogen strategy, including regulation and incentive schemes, and how this translates into innovation and business development for the maritime sector will be presented.  

Speaker

Dr. Per Christer Lund

Technology Counsellor, Innovation Norway Singapore

Hydrogen-fuelled ships – Regulatory framework and challenges for implementation

DNV is the leading class society for zero-emissions technologies in shipping. The current regulatory framework and the challenges for implementing hydrogen fuel in shipping from the classification point of view will be explained.

Speaker

Mónica Alvarez

Senior Engineer, Maritime Classification, DNV

Strategic implications for Singapore as bunkering hub with hydrogen and green ammonia as future zero emission fuel options

On 10 March 2021, Maersk A/S, Fleet Management Limited, Keppel Offshore & Marine, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, Sumitomo Corporation and Yara International ASA have reportedly entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly conduct a feasibility study with the aim to be one of the pioneers in establishing a comprehensive and competitive supply chain for the provision of green ammonia bunkering at the Port of Singapore, potentially, the largest bunkering port in the world. Constrained by carbon emissions and now driven by the ambitious carbon neutrality, hydrogen has become a strategic option as future zero carbon energy carriers for the maritime sector. With the global momentum in green hydrogen produced from renewables, green ammonia represents an option that can be potentially scaled-up as future bunkering fuel the maritime sector. This session will provide an overview of the opportunities and challenges as well as the strategic long-term implications for Singapore to develop a clean bunkering hub with hydrogen and green ammonia.

Speaker

Dr. Victor Nian

Senior Research Fellow, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore

Panel Discussion

Speaker

Dr. Shahrin Osman

Moderator

Ng Yi Han

Acting Director (Innovation, Technology and Talent Development), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Mónica Alvarez

Senior Engineer, Maritime Classification, DNV

Dr. Victor Nian

Senior Research Fellow, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore

Prabjot Chopra

VP Technology, SeaTech Solutions International, Chairman, Alt. Marine Fuel Sub-committee, Singapore Shipping Association

Closing remarks

Speaker

Dr. Shahrin Osman

Regional Head of Maritime Advisory, Maritime Decarbonization and Autonomy Centre of Excellence (Asia-Pac), DNV

End of Day one

DAY TWO 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 14:00 - 15:30

Research and Development  

Welcome and Keynote

Speaker

Dr. Imran Ibrahim

Principal Consultant and Head of Research and Development, Maritime, Region SEAPI, DNV

Dr. Sanjay C Kuttan

Executive Director, Singapore Maritime Institute

Technical feasibility study of developing a zero-emission concept for ferry using hydrogen as fuel

Sustainable maritime & shipping practice of emission reduction for coastal vessels in Singapore that will enable continuity is the key to the survival & development of future generations. The key imperatives shaping such sustainable agenda are reducing emissions & reliance on fossils fuel that harms the environment, adopting a long-term green consumption portfolio and improving the management of available resources.

Speaker

Wu Shengwei

Head of Section for Shipping and Technical Advisory, Maritime, Region SEAPI, DNV

Feasibility study of Hydrogen as fuel for PSV applications

The adoption of alternative fuels will be inevitable to reach IMO targets. With respect to the unprecedented global challenge of climate change, SPO is committed to the research and development to prove the viability of alternative fuels and related technologies that can be applied and scaled up suitably for a high proportion of the shipping sector. Among the different fuels, hydrogen is viewed as one of the most promising fuels for the future energy transition. The following presentation provides the results of the analysis carried out by SPO's Project Hafnium that features hydrogen and other hydrogen carrier fuels for its fleet.

Speaker

Dr. Liu Ming

Research Lead, Maritime Energy & Sustainable Development Centre of Excellence, Nanyang Technological University

Ammonia as ship fuel

This presentation will discuss the motivation and safety considerations for ship owners to use ammonia as a ship fuel. With green ammonia being identified as one of the most promising low-emission fuels, the expected demand and supply, as well as the expected price of green ammonia will be discussed.

Speaker

Dr. Pierre C Sames

Senior Vice President, Group Research and Development Director, DNV

Panel Discussion

Speaker

Dr. Imran Ibrahim

Moderator

Dr. Sanjay C Kuttan

Executive Director, Singapore Maritime Institute

Wu Shengwei

Head of Section for Shipping and Technical Advisory, Maritime, Region SEAPI, DNV

Dr. Liu Ming

Research Lead, Maritime Energy & Sustainable Development Centre of Excellence, Nanyang Technological University

Dr. Pierre C Sames

Senior Vice President, Group Research and Development Director, DNV

Closing remarks

Speaker

Dr. Imran Ibrahim

Principal Consultant and Head of Research and Development, Maritime, Region SEAPI, DNV

End of Day two

DAY THREE 

THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 14:00 - 15:30

Implementation into projects and case studies  

Welcome and Keynote

Speaker

Jonathan Abrahams

Regional Head of Practice Shipping Advisory, Head of Maritime Advisory ANZ, Maritime, Region SEAPI, DNV

Simon Kuik

President, Association of Singapore Marine Industries Council

Industrialization of hydrogen as a fuel for maritime – examples of leading initiatives

To validate the use of hydrogen as a maritime fuel, the industry has undertaken extensive research and development. What is the status of the technical solutions today? Where and what are some of the leading activities and how can it be scaled? How will it impact the industry? This presentation will attempt to shed some light on these burning questions.

Speaker

Tomas Tronstad

Managing Director, Hyon AS

Hydra: World’s First Liquid Hydrogen Ferry

Sembcorp Marine innovates continuously to develop reliable, sustainable, and innovative products, with a key focus on greener and renewable solutions, to meet the climate challenges. In this segment, the design of a hydrogen vessel will be presented. The subject vessel is Hydra, world’s first LH2 ferry, designed by LMG Marin, a leading Norwegian naval architecture firm and subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine.

Speaker

Chew Sia Ni

Manager, Research and Development, Sembcorp Marine

Two-stroke engines dual fuel engines and transition from LNG to other cleaner fuels as Ammonia

The big question from shipowners today is which engine and fuel type to choose to ensure a sustainable solution for the lifetime of their new vessels. As a technology provider, we follow the trends in the market, and our customers’ requests for new technologies. 


In the last 2 to 3 years, there has been a huge interest in new future fuels such as green ammonia, green methanol, and eLNG with CO2 capture. The fuels we know, often labelled as “bridging fuels” - LNG, LPG, and black methanol (same engine for black and green Methanol) are also discussed, even though they are only a step on the way to reduce to zero GHG and carbon footprint of the vessels. No one knows the final answer to which technology to choose. Today, about 75% of the contracted GW with two-stroke engines is still conventional fuel technology. One thing though, is that shipowners want to prepare their vessels for whichever fuel will be one of the optimum solutions, based on presumed future regulations such as CO2 tax, equivalent fuel prices, and fuel availability for their vessels. We now offer engines burning methane, methanol, LPG, ethane and, in a few years, ammonia. These engines are all based on the Diesel principle, which offers the same high efficiency and power for all the different fuels, and with the ME-C type engines, a future conversion to any of the new fuels is a proven solution. Right now, we have orders for 15 ME-C conversions to LPG operation using our pioneering LGIP technology and 1 large containership conversion to LNG operation. In 2015 we retrofitted an LNG carrier from ME-C to ME-GI.

Speaker

Kjeld Aabo

Director of New Technologies Sales and Promotion Two-Stroke Marine, MAN Energy Solutions

Panel Discussion

Speaker

Jonathan Abrahams

Moderator

Simon Kuik

President, Association of Singapore Marine Industries Council

Tomas Tronstad

Managing Director, Hyon AS

Chew Sia Ni

Manager, Research and Development, Sembcorp Marine

Kjeld Aabo

Director of New Technologies Sales and Promotion Two-Stroke Marine, MAN Energy Solutions

Closing remarks

Speaker

Jonathan Abrahams

Regional Head of Practice Shipping Advisory, Head of Maritime Advisory ANZ, Maritime, Region SEAPI, DNV

End of Day three

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