Thu 29 Feb 2024 15:12 | Updated: Thu 29 Feb 2024 15:13

Wärtsilä launches Ammonia Fuel Supply System

System available for liquid and gaseous fuel, gas and non-gas carriers, and newbuilds and retrofits.

Wärtsilä NH3 Ammonia label.

The Ammonia Fuel Supply System (AFSS) is to be installed on two new gas carriers being built for Exmar LPG at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) in Korea. Image: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä Gas Solutions has introduced its Ammonia Fuel Supply System (AFSS) for ships able to operate with ammonia fuel. The system is available for both liquid and gaseous fuel.

The Wärtsilä AFSS enables the use of ammonia as a marine fuel and is suitable for both newbuilds and as a retrofit for existing vessels.

It can be installed as an integrated cargo handling and fuel supply system on ships carrying liquefied gas, especially those able to trade ammonia as cargo, such as very large gas carriers (VLGCs) and midsize gas carriers (MGCs).

The AFSS can also be installed as a self-standing fuel supply system on non-gas carriers (IGF-coded vessels) with either low- or high-pressure systems, or a combination of both. The system can be configured with dedicated fuel storage tanks optimized for the trade of the vessel.

The ammonia fuel tanks are loaded through dedicated bunkering lines, or in the case of an ammonia or LPG carrier, reloaded from the cargo tanks. From the fuel tank, the ammonia is conditioned and prepared as fuel. A system consisting of pumps and heat exchangers is used to supply the engine with a stable and reliable fuel flow, at the correct pressure and temperature.

The AFSSs are said to be equipped with proven components, including the necessary purge gas treatment system. Due to the need for high cleanness of the fuel, proper filtering is installed upstream and embedded in the system.

"We have more than 50 years’ experience in handling ammonia onboard ships," said Stein Thoresen, Head of Sales Marine, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions. "This experience, along with our deep understanding and development of high efficiency cargo handling systems in general, has led to the introduction of this system, which we see as a key enabler for decarbonised operations," he added.

The first Wärtsilä Ammonia Fuel Supply Systems will be installed on two new gas carriers being built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) in Korea for Exmar LPG. These midsize gas carrier newbuilds are set to be the first ever oceangoing vessels to be propelled by dual-fuel engines capable of operating with ammonia.

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