Møkster and Wärtsilä explore use of ammonia

Written by Nick Blenkey
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From the left: Piero Zoglia (Wärtsilä),Asbjørn Esperø (Wärtsilä), Tom Karlsen, Cato Esperø (Wärtsilä), Anne Jorunn Møkster, Trond Larsen. ‍

Can you burn ammonia in existing LNG dual-fuel engines? Stavanger, Norway-based offshore support vessel specialist Simon Møkster Shipping aims to find out.

The family-owned company has entered a collaboration agreement with Wärtsilä Norway AS for a project that involves a feasibility study on utilizing ammonia as main fuel in dual-fuel engined vessels operated by Møkster that today operates mainly on LNG.

Ammonia releases no CO2 when burned. By using a blend of ammonia and LNG, the emission of CO2 from the combustion process will be considerably reduced.

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

Møkster says it is excited to join forces with Wärtsilä for the project which may continue for several years to come.

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