Yara and North Sea Container Line introduce world’s first clean ammonia-powered container vessel

Yara and North Sea Container Line introduce world’s first clean ammonia-powered container vessel

December 4, 2023

Yara Clean Ammonia, North Sea Container Line and Yara International are cooperating to realize the world’s first container ship that will use clean ammonia as fuel.

Named Yara Eyde, the vessel will be the first to sail emission-free sea route between Norway and Germany.

“Yara Eyde will be the world’s first container ship running on clean ammonia and is a cross-sector collaboration enabling large-scale emission reductions ahead of the critical 2030 climate targets,” stated Svein Tore Holsether, president and CEO of Yara International.

Yara Eyde is optimised for the trade corridor between Norway and Germany and will operate between Oslo, Porsgrunn, Hamburg and Bremerhaven. From 2026, Norwegian companies can trade their products emissions-free in and out of Norway. Yara International is participating as cargo-owner. The fertilizer produced in Porsgrunn will be shipped emission-free to Germany, cutting scope 3 emissions with 11,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

“We see an increasing demand from cargo owners to reduce emissions. Yara Eyde offers competitive and emission-free logistics to cargo owners,” said Bente Hetland of North Sea Container Line.

Yara Clean Ammonia and North Sea Container Line are establishing a joint venture to realize Yara Eyde, while the ship will be operated by NCL Oslofjord AS. The joint venture aims to become the world’s first line operator to focus exclusively on ammonia-powered container vessels.

Enova has awarded Yara Eyde just over US$3.7 million, and the support is decisive for implementing the project.

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