Paxocean, Hong Lam Marine & Bureau Veritas Sign MOU for Ammonia Design

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Picture of the MOU signed between Paxocean, Hong Lam Marine, and Bureau Veritas for the Ammonia Design.

PaxOcean Engineering Pte. Ltd. has agreed to collaborate on an ammonia bunker vessel design with Singapore-based bunker vessel operator Hong Lam Marine and classification society Bureau Veritas (BV).

With the signing of this MOU, PaxOcean will focus on creating designs for ammonia-fueled and ammonia-bunkering vessels, leveraging its significant technological capabilities and expertise.

Bureau Veritas will check compliance with the most current and applicable rules, notably those on ammonia handling, drawing on BV's expertise in ammonia carriage and operations, as well as prior technical research on ammonia as a fuel.

Hong Lam Marine has to offer operational data input and support and evaluate the ship design's fitness for commercial operations. The Memorandum of Understanding will promote innovation in smart and autonomous ship technology, as well as the use of green ammonia as a sustainable fuel to help decarbonise global shipping.

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) supports the development of robust cooperation among industry partners to develop, trial, and test-bed novel designs and innovative technologies required to expedite the transition to a clean economy.

Ms. Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA, said: 

“I congratulate the collaboration between Bureau Veritas, Paxocean Engineering, and Hong Lam Marine to study the design of bunkering vessels with alternate future fuels such as ammonia. As a major bunkering hub, this forward-looking collaboration aligns with our maritime decarbonisation efforts to be ready for a multi-fuel bunkering transition to support the future of international shipping.”

Mr. Tan Thai Yong, Chief Executive Officer of PaxOcean, said: 

“It brings me great pleasure to share that we are adding a new fuel segment into our R&D focus by co-creating ammonia-based vessel solutions with forward-looking and responsible companies like Hong Lam Marine and Bureau Veritas. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Hong Lam Marine and Bureau Veritas, founded upon our complementary strengths in a push to accelerate the development of ammonia bunkering in Singapore.”

Ms. Caroline Yang, Chief Executive of Hong Lam Marine Pte Ltd, said: 

“We are pleased to be participating in the project in partnership with highly respected establishments and experts in the era of decarbonisation and sustainability in the Singapore marine fuel industry and beyond.

Together, we look forward to contributing to the development and design of the ammonia bunker vessel as we focus on our long-term social and environmental responsibilities.”

Mr. David Barrow, Vice President, South Asia Zone of Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, said:

“Ammonia has great potential as a zero-carbon marine fuel and can play a significant role in helping shipping reach its decarbonisation goals, but to fulfil this potential, more work is needed to overcome the safety and operational challenges. These challenges can be overcome through cross-industry collaboration, and we are very pleased to be working with PaxOcean and Hong Lam Marine to develop an ammonia bunker vessel design that de-risks ammonia as a marine fuel.”

Source: PaxOcean

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