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Green Pioneer: World-first ammonia ship fills up in Singapore [Video]

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In 2021, Australian mining and cleantech company Fortescue announced a plan to float the world’s first ammonia-powered ship by 2022. It’s a bit late, and not quite as ammonia-powered as we hoped, but the Green Pioneer now appears ready to roll.

The Fortescue Green Pioneer was loaded with three metric tonnes of liquid ammonia at a terminal on Jurong Island, off the southwest coast of Singapore, earlier this week. That’s the news here, it doesn’t appear to have started actually using the fuel – and that’s perhaps emblematic of the challenges this machine has faced.

According to Fortescue, one of the Pioneer’s four-stroke marine engines was successfully converted to run on ammonia, in combination with diesel, as early as 2022. The ship was fitted out with two ammonia engines, as well as fuel delivery systems, safety systems and other infrastructure as early as July 2023, and sailed to Dubai for the UN Framework Convention on Climate …

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