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Impact Webinar:
Decarbonizing Ports & Maritime with Hydrogen and Ammonia

[Impact Webinar] Decarbonizing Ports & Maritime with Hydrogen and Ammonia

Date & Time: 15:30-17:15 GMT+8, June 16 Thursday

Format: Digital Conference

On the way toward the Investing in Green Hydrogen 2023, we organized this webinar to discuss the plans, technologies, challenges, and solutions for the port and maritime industry in the area of green fuel. Many countries are currently planning for decarbonization and hydrogen development, with Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) clearly stating the "Decarbonisation Blueprint 2050" at the conference. Against this backdrop, energy providers are focusing on the transition to ensure green energy supply and cost control. Large shipping companies are actively pursuing opportunities in different green energy drivers. Ports and terminals are following the trend and offering sensible solutions to their customers. Price, technology, supply, safety, and regulations are all angles to look at.

A BIG Thank You to all our guest speakers!

Outlook of Ports Decarbonization Roadmap in 2030 and 2050

The Port of Amsterdam (PoA) is orientated towards the industrial cluster, port activities, and the fuel hub (for aviation & as a corridor to Europe). With the decarbonization of the steel industry, the first large-scale hydrogen projects are expected to be realized around 2028. To this end, PoA will ensure local production capacity, international imports, and infrastructure for distribution to meet the market demand for hydrogen energy. MPA will invest an additional US$300 million over the next 10 years to support decarbonization, in areas such as project research, port renovation, and the development of a green maritime financial hub. The areas of port upgrading include port terminals, domestic harbor craft, future fuels bunkering standards and infrastructure, and the registry of ships.

Availability, Cost, Safety: What Really Matters in Forming a Low-carbon Fuel Supply Chain?

The advent of green fuel engine technology has made decarbonization of shipments possible, but both Mr. Ajay Singh from Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Ms. Natalie Gupta from Yara Clean Ammonia identifies the price factor as the main reason for scale and marketability. In addition, proven technology, stable supply, sound regulations, and technical safety will all have a positive effect on building a stable supply chain. It is worth mentioning that Dr. Imran Halimi Bin Ibrahim (DNV) tells us that they have an ongoing collaborative study with Yara and Maersk on maritime transport and safety.

“Lack of Focus” - The Key Issue in the Infrastructure Chicken and Egg Dilemma

PoA plans to focus on LOHC, SIHC, and Liquidified H2. Singapore, on the other hand, believes that for ocean shipping, the infrastructure they would provide is mainly for ammonia and methanol. The international shipping company MOL has experimented a lot with green energy: hydrogen-fueled engines, large-size ammonia carriers, and methanol carriers. It even contributes to offshore renewable energy value chains. While A.P. Moller-Maersk tries to concentrate its projects on e-methanol.

Ms. Sakura Kuma from APM Terminals points out that the fragmentation of the industry is affecting the progress of development. The consequence of this is the inefficient investment in areas such as infrastructure, technology, and incentive support, leading to a negative impact on the industry's ability to scale up, reduce costs and create business value.


Mr. Yi Han Ng

Director of Innovation, Technology & Talent Development Division

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

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Ms. Ellen van der Veer

Senior Strategic Advisor Energy Transition

Port of Amsterdam

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Mr. Ajay Singh

Managing Executive Officer

Mitsui OSK Lines

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Ms. Sakura Kuma

CEO Japan

APM Terminals

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Ms. Natalie Gupta

Director, Bunkering and Value Chain Partnerships


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Mr. Nicholas Franslay

Asia Pacific Growth Lead


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Dr. Imran Halimi Bin Ibrahim

Principal Consultant, Head of Research and Development (Maritime Advisory)


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APAC Intra-region Routes Contribute to the Regional Green Fuels Development

The APAC countries and regions have a high frequency of trade and about 60% of the maritime transport takes place within the region. Mr. Nicholas Franslay (A.P. Moller-Maersk) believes that such routes mean that regional consensus and cooperation can be achieved. E-methanol, with its advantage of bulk energy density, can provide sufficient energy for the voyage. In the short term, priority will be given to promoting green fuel projects in those regions with growth potential (the ports in Japan (Yokohama), Singapore (PSA, Jurong), and Australia), which can then be spread to areas.

Broaden Collaboration Across the Value Chain Where Public Sector Should not be Absent.

There is currently a lot of green activity in the APAC region and globally, and the various trial projects are both an opportunity and a challenge. The whole industry needs to be brought together to achieve effective industrial collaboration and establish a common goal. At the same time, to ensure a positive, safe, and effective direction, governments are needed to be involved, helping narrow down solutions.

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