Norway’s plans for short-haul ammonia-fueled bulk carrier service

Concept design for the ammonia-fueled bulk carrier (Viridis Bulk Carriers)

Posted on March 30, 2021 19:27 PM by

The maritime executive

The latest in the race to develop the first zero-emission shipping operation is a new joint venture called Viridis Bulk Carriers. Formed in Norway in 2020 by shipping companies Navigare Logistics and Mosvolds Rederi, in collaboration with zero emission ship project specialists Amon Maritime, the goal is to create a pure zero emission shipping company offering short bulk transport. distance.

“Viridis Bulk Carriers aims to play a leading role in the green transition of the industry, by offering our customers competitive and carbon-free logistics solutions without sacrificing the performance of our vessels”, says Espen Nordstrøm, Managing Director of Navigare Logistics. “As part of the FlexBulk project, we will build a carbon-free bulk logistics network through a set of freight agreements with selected customers, served by a new fleet of innovative ammonia-powered vessels.”

The new company has already developed the design concept for its ships. They received support from the Research Council of Norway’s Green Platform for Business Restructuring, which selected 93 projects to receive seed funding and apply for larger grants this spring. In collaboration with the Arena Ocean Hyway cluster, Viridis will continue the development of the project, laying the foundations for a series of new buildings.

“We believe that a large-scale green transition in shipping will only happen if the ships of tomorrow are as capable, or more capable, than the ships of today. Thus, our ships will be able to travel more than 3,000 nautical miles between bunkering, ”says André Risholm, CEO of Amon Maritime.

The FlexBulk project plans to use piston engines that will burn ammonia to generate propellant power, and an ammonia-optimized exhaust aftertreatment system that will remove all by-products. The company says the design “will ensure that we do not replace CO2 emissions with other harmful pollutants.”

They also plan to use batteries and shore power connections to create an ammonia-electric hybrid power system. The electrical system will allow silent maneuvers and loading operations.

“With an average age of almost 30 years, the European short sea shipping fleet is on the verge of a much needed renewal process,” says Jan Sigurd Vigmostad, Director of Investments at Glastad Holding, the parent company of Mosvolds Rederi . “Our strategy is to meet demand by replacing the aging fleet with zero-emission vessels. We are skipping step-by-step emission reductions and heading straight for a long-term, sustainable solution. “

Viridis is currently exploring a range of different configurations to create a flexible design for its bulk carriers to meet general charter needs. The company is currently in talks with major shipyards to place its first construction order before the end of 2022 and begin service in 2024 and 2025.

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