Wärtsilä to investigate use of ammonia in LNG-powered engines

Finnish technology company Wärtsilä has joined forces with Norwegian shipping firm Simon Møkster Shipping to explore the use of ammonia in liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled ship engines.

As informed, the partners will conduct a feasibility study on the use of ammonia as the primary fuel in dual-fuel engines running on LNG. The study will encompass the vessels operated by Simon Møkster Shipping which currently tun on LNG.

The aim of the project is to demonstrate that conversion of dual-fuel ships is feasible and that operation of ammonia-LNG vessels can be done in a safe and efficient way, according to the companies.

The partners plan to continue their partnership in the years to come.

Ammonia is emerging as the likely front-runner in the fourth propulsion revolution in the maritime industry driven by the sector’s urgent need to decarbonize. According to the predictions from the International Energy Agency (IEA), it will account for around 45% of global energy demand for shipping in 2050.