Fortescue’s Green Maritime Initiatives And Ammonia-Powered Vessel Trials


Fortescue is actively pursuing sustainable maritime solutions through Project Consul and the development of ammonia-powered vessels. Recent developments highlight the company’s commitment to green shipping, including trials and awards for their innovative efforts.

Project Consul and Vessel Management

Fortescue has been in discussions under the codename Project Consul to develop vessels valued at over $120 million each, although the company has declined to comment on the specifics. Additionally, Fortescue appointed Anglo-Eastern to manage its ammonia-powered vessel, Fortescue Green Pioneer. This vessel features engines adapted for ammonia use, marking a significant step towards greener shipping solutions.

Successful Trials of Ammonia-Powered Green Pioneer

In collaboration with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and other partners, Fortescue completed propulsion and manoeuvrability trials for the Green Pioneer. These trials, conducted in the Port of Singapore, utilized a mix of liquid ammonia, diesel, and hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) as marine fuels. The vessel’s successful performance earned its flag approval from the Singapore Registry of Ships and the Gas Fuelled Ammonia notation from the classification society DNV.

Recognition and Call for Broader Adoption

Fortescue’s Green Pioneer received the Hydrogen Transport award at the World Hydrogen 2024 Awards, recognizing its pioneering role in sustainable shipping. Fortescue Energy’s CEO, Mark Hutchinson, urged regulators, ports, and institutions to accelerate the adoption of ammonia as a marine fuel. He emphasized the importance of creating green maritime hubs and corridors to support this transition towards more sustainable shipping practices.

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Source: Offshore Energy