Danish engine designer MAN Energy Solutions(MAN ES) has begun testing marine fuel ammonia in its engines, marking a significant milestone for the company and the industry. The decision to announce the breakthrough early was prompted by concerns about the lack of progress at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting. MAN ES conducted the first combustion on its test engine, specially modified to handle the new marine fuel.
The company has also completed the first bunkering of ammonia at its research centre in Copenhagen. Safety measures have been implemented, given the hazardous nature of ammonia. MAN ES is focused on developing the necessary technologies for decarbonization and believes there is a path forward. Training of crew and personnel working with ammonia will be crucial when it becomes a widespread marine fuel. MAN ES aims to deliver its first ammonia dual-fuel engine by the end of 2024, with installation in a commercial vessel expected in 2026.