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World’s largest ammonia producer joins the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

In another clear signpost of shipping’s future fuel mix, the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping today announced that US-based CF Industries, the world’s largest producer of ammonia, will become a strategic partner.

CF Industries brings decades of experience in safe production, storage, transport, and trade of ammonia and is supporting global decarbonisation by producing nearly 2m tons of low-carbon ammonia production capacity by 2024. This includes installing a 20MW electrolyzer to enable the production of green ammonia at its Donaldsonville Complex in Louisiana.

The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping is a not-for-profit, independent research- and development center working across the energy- and shipping sectors with industry, academia, and authorities.

In welcoming CF Industries to the center, CEO Bo Cerup-Simonsen said: “This will significantly compliment and strengthen our ability to work, collaborate, and create impact on enabling robust low-emission ammonia fuel pathways, addressing safety topics on handling and operation of ammonia, and creating robust engagement on regulatory topics.”

Tony Will, president and CEO of CF Industries, commented: “We believe ammonia has an important role to play in the world’s transition to clean energy and is a particularly promising approach for the maritime industry.”

Ammonia has rapidly established itself as a frontrunner in the future fuels debate over the past year.

The world’s second largest ammonia producer, Yara from Norway, is working in a Singapore-based consortium, which also includes the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, to develop an ammonia bunker supply chain this decade.

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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