Simon Møkster to study feasibility of ammonia in dual-fuel engines

Simon Møkster to study feasibility of ammonia in dual-fuel engines
Tests will be carried out on the offshore supply vessel (OSV), Stril Pioneer. Image source: Simon Møkster

Norway based Simon Møkster Shipping has signed a collaboration agreement with Wärtsilä to carry out a feasibility study on utilising ammonia as the main fuel in dual-fuel engines where LNG is the alternative fuel.

The aim of the study is to demonstrate the feasibility of converting vessels for dual ammonia – LNG operation, and that it can be carried out safely and efficiently. The agreement was signed in October 2021.

The testing will be carried out on the Stril Pioneer, an offshore supply vessel (OSV) currently operating with Wärtsilä 32DF dual-fuel engines using LNG as the primary fuel. By using a blend of ammonia and LNG, emissions of CO2 from the combustion process will be considerably reduced.

“We are excited to join Wärtsilä in this project. We see this as a step towards meeting our targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and our ambition is to cut our fleet’s CO2 emissions by 40 percent by 2030. By 2050 we expect to reach net-zero carbon emissions,” said Anne Jorunn Møkster, owner and CEO Simon Møkster.

“Decarbonisation is central to the future of shipping, and Wärtsilä is totally committed to helping our customers achieve this goal. This collaboration agreement represents further evidence of this commitment. We are leading the way towards the adoption of alternative cleaner future marine fuels through extensive testing and research, and we see ammonia as an extremely promising option,” stated Cato Esperø, head of sales Norway, Wärtsilä.