Sumitomo leads the ammonia-fuelled charge

Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation is spearheading ammonia-fuelled ship developments both at home and overseas. 

The giant trading house has launched a project to design and develop an ammonia-fuelled 80,000 dwt dry bulk carrier together with Oshima Shipbuilding with a planned first ship due to deliver by 2025. 

In Singapore, meanwhile, Sumitomo has signed a memorandum of understanding with Keppel FELS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), to explore the feasibility and implementation of various ammonia fuel applications in Singapore. 

Through this MOU, Sumitomo Corporation and Keppel O&M will work on the implementation of ammonia bunkering in Singapore, with the aim to commence commercial operations in the mid-2020s. 

Sumitomo Corporation and Keppel O&M will accelerate the development of an ammonia bunkering vessel.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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