- It is an initiative led by ITOCHU Corporation and involves 18 international companies and organisations
Valencia, 12 April 2022. – Fundación Valenciaport and the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) have recently joined an international consortium for the study of safety in the supply of ammonia as fuel for ships, promoted by ITOCHU Corporation, based in Tokyo, and which aims to share knowledge on safety and guidelines in the use and supply of ammonia as marine fuel.
Together with the Fundación Valenciaport and the PAV, 16 other companies and organisations have joined this initiative: Brunsbüttel Ports (Germany); the Fire Brigade of the French Navy of Marseille and the Port of Marseille (France); HAROPA PORT (France); the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore; the Port Authority of Huelva (Spain); the Port of Algeciras (Spain); the Port of Rotterdam (The Netherlands); ENEOS Ocean Corporation (Japan); Mabanaft (Germany); Mitsui O. S.K. Lines (Japan); Navigator Gas (United Kingdom); Planning and Design Center for Greener Ships – GSC (Japan); AD. Ports Group (United Arab Emirates); INERIS (France) and ITOCHU Corporation. In addition, the Port Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan and the French Embassy in Singapore are scheduled to participate as observers, demonstrating the high expectations and interest in the use of ammonia as a marine fuel.
This initiative is launched as the second phase of a preceding one, launched in 2021 by 34 companies and organisations, including ITOCHU, and both are expected to establish collaborations and share opinions, views, knowledge and experiences with a wide range of relevant ammonia producers, research institutions and financial institutions.
The creation of this international consortium for the study of security of ammonia supply is an important milestone for the social implementation of the use of ammonia as a marine fuel on a global scale, which is a new challenge for maritime stakeholders.