Wärtsilä ammonia fuel supply and cargo handling systems selected for two more EXMAR vessels at Hyundai Mipo Dockyards

Wärtsilä ammonia fuel supply and cargo handling systems selected for two more EXMAR vessels at Hyundai Mipo Dockyards

Wärtsilä Gas Solutions, part of the technology group Wärtsilä, has secured a contract to deliver the fuel supply and cargo handling systems for two new gas carriers that will operate using ammonia fuel. The vessels are being constructed at Hyundai Mipo Dockyards in Korea for EXMAR LPG, a joint venture between EXMAR, a maritime and offshore solutions provider, and Seapeak, one of the largest independent owner-operators of liquefied natural gas vessels. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in Q2 2024.

“Ammonia utilisation is vital in our pursuit of decarbonised operations,” stated Carl-Antoine Saverys, CEO of EXMAR. “Achieving this requires fuel handling and supply systems tailored for ammonia, and Wärtsilä possesses the expertise and capabilities to provide these solutions. EXMAR, with over 40 years of experience in handling ammonia, has a proven track record in the safe and efficient transport of this fuel. This collaboration leverages EXMAR’s extensive knowledge and Wärtsilä’s advanced systems to pioneer ammonia as a marine fuel, contributing significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”

These two vessels are the last in a series of six newbuilds for EXMAR. With this latest contract, Wärtsilä will have supplied the cargo handling and fuel supply systems for all six vessels. These medium-sized gas carriers will be the first ever ocean-going vessels capable of operating with ammonia as fuel. Operating with ammonia has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional marine diesel fuel, as ammonia doesn’t produce CO2, sulphur, or particulate emissions when combusted.

“This latest contract win is a significant achievement for our company and demonstrates our expertise in providing innovative and sustainable solutions for the maritime industry. It is also fully in line with Wärtsilä’s strategy for enabling decarbonised shipping operations and reinforces our strong partnership with both EXMAR and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard,” commented Patrick Ha, sales manager at Wärtsilä Gas Solutions.

Wärtsilä’s supply scope includes the Cargo Handling Package and the Liquid Ammonia Fuel Supply System, along with process engineering and dynamic simulation. The AFSS is skid-mounted with low- and high-pressure fuel pumps, controls for fuel pressure and temperature, and heat exchangers. Delivery to the yard is scheduled for 2025.

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6 June 2024