Rio Tinto Hires Njord for Two-Ship Green Retrofit Project


Njord, a Denmark-based green technology business founded by Maersk Tankers, is partnering with Rio Tinto, a British-Australian mining group and one of the world’s largest dry-bulk shippers, to cut fuel consumption and emissions, reports Offshore Energy.

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As informed, the partnership sees Njord design and install a package of energy-saving devices on two dry-bulk vessels owned by Rio Tinto.

Insights will be made available to accelerate technology adoption in the industry at large.

As part of the Marine Pioneer Portal project in 2022, Rio Tinto called on the global technology and innovation industries to pitch solutions and technologies the company could install on two 205,000 dwt Newcastlemax vessels to boost vessel energy efficiency and decarbonize shipping.

Njord has been engaged as a technology integrator by Rio Tinto to evaluate, design, and combine the best package of technologies for the two vessels.

Following an assessment of the effectiveness of the proposed technologies, Njord designed green tech packages, tailored for each vessel, combining existing and new energy-saving devices. Njord and Rio Tinto are jointly installing the technologies.

The two parties will measure the performance of the vessels before and after installation, to subsequently share their findings and experiences with the wider industry.

The aim is to inspire other owners and charterers to accelerate their adoption of energy-saving devices to cut fuel consumption and emissions.

The Anglo-Australian mining group is working to reach net zero by 2050 and has launched several initiatives in support of its decarbonization goals. In 2021, it partnered with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to determine whether hydrogen can replace LNG in alumina refineries to reduce CO2 emissions.

What is more, the company had been working together with British energy giant BP on a biofuel trial to help reduce carbon emissions from Rio Tinto’s marine fleet. Rio Tinto is a member of Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping and the First Movers Coalition.

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Source: Offshore Energy