Under a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the companies initially plan to assess the viability of and the options for the safe handling of clean ammonia as a bunker fuel in and around the Port of Hamburg.

H2 View understands the partners will look to evaluate the commercial, technical, and regulatory requirements and engage with all relevant stakeholders. In a second step, Mabanaft and Hapag-Lloyd will conduct a similar assessment for the Port of Houston.

In November (2022), Mabanaft announce intentions to build a large-scale green energy import terminal in the Port of Hamburg with Air Products.

Read more: Air Products, Mabanaft unveil plans for large-scale green hydrogen imports at Port of Hamburg, Germany

Additionally, the integrated energy company is a shareholder in Gulf Coast Ammonia, an ammonia production facility in Texas City, US, set to be commissioned by mid-2023.

“We play an active role in shaping the energy transition and offer our customers innovative fuel solutions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” said Volker Ebeling, Senior Vice-President of New Energy, Chemicals & Gas at Mabanaft. “In shipping, we intend to support that transition from example through investments in ammonia production and the development of related supply infrastructure.”

A 2021 report by the World Bank identified ammonia and hydrogen as having advantageous features that could be influential in decarbonising the maritime sector.

Read more: Ammonia and hydrogen are key to decarbonising maritime transport, says World Bank report

“Ammonia has the potential to play an important role in decarbonising the global maritime industry. It has a higher energy density compared to pure hydrogen and is more easily transported and stored,” said Tony Elliott, Head of Ammonia at Mabanaft.

A gasworld webinar in 2022 heard Joel Moser, CEO of First Ammonia say ammonia could be the ‘workhorse’ of the hydrogen economy, commenting, “We think of hydrogen as the crude oil. It is complicated to use in its pure form, but to transport it across long distances, it can be converted to ammonia, which can also be used a direct fuel.”

Jan Christensen, Senior Director Flobal Fuel Purchasing at Hapag-Lloyd, commented on the new partnership, saying, “When produced with renewable energy, ammonia is a promising sustainable fuel that may become an integral part of the energy mix of future maritime shipping.”

A Successful Ecosystem for Green Hydrogen – London

It is becoming ever clearer that the entire green hydrogen ecosystem requires alignment. Hydrogen’s potential, performance, and safety are proven. Green hydrogen is widely accepted as a core pathway to Net Zero, yet the key levers in the transition are not yet in-sync.

At H2 View we recognise the increasingly challenging economic climate that various countries/economies are currently facing. We want to help as many companies as possible in the hydrogen space to achieve their needs as competitively and logically as possible. As a result, we felt it was a compelling decision to relocate our previously planned event in Iceland, to a venue in London.

Join H2 View in London, one of the foremost investment capitals of the world, for a 1.5-day event devoted to thought leadership, insights, and actionable takeaways in the green hydrogen ecosystem, combined with the connections and networking to deliver against those objectives.

This H2 View hydrogen summit is dedicated to dissecting the ecosystem requirements to truly realise a green hydrogen-fuelled future across industries, transport, and society. This event will tackle all sides of the energy ecosystem, from wind and solar power requirements to additionality, water sustainability, electrolyser technologies, and investment and policy climate.

You can find more information at h2-viewevents.com.