NYK and TB Global Technologies Ltd. (TBG) have signed a basic agreement to jointly develop Japan’s first bunkering boom for ammonia, a device used to supply ammonia fuel between ships.
In this joint development, the two companies will employ TBG’s technology to prevent the liquid inside from leaking out when the bunkering boom is emergently released from a ship due to a natural disaster, thereby hoping to tackle the biggest challenge in ammonia fuel supply, i.e., preventing leakage.
A bunkering boom which is a device consisting of rigid pipes and hoses that connect a bunkering vessel to the other vessel to supply fuel.
TBG will receive from NYK data related to the development of its ammonia bunkering vessel (ABV), which received Approval in Principle (AiP) from ClassNK in September 2022.
NYK will also share with TBG the knowledge gained from Japan’s first LNG bunkering vessel, Kaguya, which is operated by Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation, an NYK affiliate.