Japanese trio starts R&D for practical application of ammonia-fuelled tug

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By Naida Hakirevic Japanese shipping company NYK Line, classification society ClassNK and power systems provider IHI Power Systems recently signed a joint research and development agreement to put the world’s first ammonia-fueled tugboat into practical use.

Ammonia-fuelled tugboat. Photo: NYK

As explained, the companies will proceed with R&D from both technical and operational aspects for the introduction of ammonia as a marine fuel for tugboats.

“Specifically, in fiscal 2020 we will tackle themes such as technological development of the hull, engine, and fuel supply system, and development of safety navigation methods,” the trio said in a statement.

“After evaluating the practicality of the R&D

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