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.