Paving the way for Ammonia-powered vessels
Ammonia has been identified as one of the leading potential zero emission fuels as it can be produced from renewable electricity and is already produced in large quantities in the Nordic countries. However, ammonia-powered vessels present a number of challenges from the technical, safety, fuel supply and commercial viability fronts – all of which must be overcome before the promise of ships running safely on green ammonia can become a reality.
The Nordic Green Ammonia Powered Ships (NoGAPS) project aims to pave the way for ammonia-powered vessels first in the Nordic region, and globally.
A multi-year, multi-partner project
NoGAPS receives funding from the Nordic Innovation Fund and in-kind support from consortium partners, including BW Epic Kosan, DNV, Global Maritime Forum, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, MAN Energy Solutions, Wärtsilä and Yara.
Over 2020-2021, partners worked together to develop a proof of concept on how barriers to the adoption of ammonia as a zero emission maritime fuel can be overcome. The study focused on operational safety and efficiency; looked at sustainable and steady fuel supply chains, as well as commercial viability. The Report can be downloaded here.
With a proof of concept developed, the project moved on to produce a detailed ship design of an ammonia-powered ammonia carrier – the M/S NoGAPS – which will form the foundation for a shipyard tender and the construction of the vessel. In June 2023, Classification society DNV awarded NoGAPS an Approval in Principle (AiP) for the design.
(Above 4th from left: Commercial Director Thomas Wøidemann represents BW Epic Kosan at a ceremony commemorating a milestone - achieving DNV Class Approval in Principle for an ammonia-powered gas vessel.)
The design addressed challenges identified in the initial NoGAPS project, including safety during operations, optimal tank sizing and placement, and energy efficiency. Moving forward, the medium-term objective (2024/2025) of the project is to have the M/S NoGAPS in operation in the Nordic region. In the long term, (2025 and beyond), the project aims to establish the infrastructure, operational and business models for ammonia-powered shipping in the region, and thereafter, globally. Ultimately, the project aims to bring the industry a big step forward in our journey towards zero-carbon shipping. Watch the explainer video below, which provides a high-level overview of the M/S NoGAPS.