Yara Clean Ammonia, North Sea Container Line, and Yara International are spearheading an unprecedented venture—the creation of the world’s inaugural container ship fueled by clean ammonia.

Christened Yara Eyde, this vessel is set to navigate an emission-free sea route between Norway and Germany, marking a transformative stride toward sustainable shipping practices. Svein Tore Holsether, President and CEO of Yara International, underscores the historic significance of Yara Eyde, affirming its status as the first container ship propelled by clean ammonia. Positioned as a flagship initiative for large-scale emission reductions, the vessel aligns with the pressing climate targets set for 2030.

The urgency for collaborative action in the maritime sector is evident, with global shipping responsible for a staggering 706 million tonnes of CO2 emissions last year. Yara International, a key player in the First Movers Coalition and a supporter of the Green Shipping Challenge, emphasizes its commitment to low-carbon solutions and champions clean ammonia as a fuel for both new and retrofitted zero-emission vessels.

Yara Eyde is strategically optimized for the trade corridor connecting Norway and Germany, with planned routes between Oslo, Porsgrunn, Hamburg, and Bremerhaven. Commencing in 2026, Norwegian companies can engage in emissions-free trade, with Yara International serving as a cargo owner. The shipment of fertilizer from Porsgrunn to Germany is projected to slash scope 3 emissions by an impressive 11,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

With maritime transport contributing approximately 3% of global CO2 emissions, the adoption of clean ammonia as a fuel represents a significant stride toward sustainable and environmentally friendly shipping practices. Yara Eyde emerges as a trailblazer in the maritime sector, showcasing the maturity of ammonia as a potent and cost-effective maritime fuel.

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