Green deal
7. November 2023

The world’s first ammonia-powered container ship


Yara Clean Ammonia, NorthSea Container Line and Yara International join forces to realize the world’s first container ship that will use pure ammonia as fuel. Yara Eyde will operate between Norway and Germany and be the first emission-free sea route to the continent.

“The world is in the middle of a climate crisis and all good forces must now come together to quickly cut emissions. We are happy to be able to collaborate across sectors and show that decisive emission cuts are possible. The green journey started with the Yara Birkeland, the world’s first self-driving electric container ship, and now we continue it with the Yara Eyde, which will be the world’s first container ship on pure ammonia,” says Svein Tore Holsether, CEO of Yara International.

First green shipping route to Europe Yara Eyde is optimized for the trade corridor between Norway and Europe and will operate between Oslo, Brevik, Hamburg and Bremerhaven. From 2026, Norwegian companies can export their products on a green keel, and trade goods can be imported emission-free into Norway. “We see there is increasing demand from product owners to reduce emissions. The ship offers competitive and emission-free logistics to all cargo owners in the Oslofjord and the Greenland region,” says Bente Hetland of North Sea Container Line.

Pure ammonia cuts the emissions of ocean-going ships

Maritime transport causes 2% of global CO2 emissions1. In 2022, this amounted to 706 million tonnes of CO2 worldwide. Pure ammonia will help to cut emissions from shipping so that goods can be transported across the globe emission-free. “Ammonia as a fuel does not pollute. When we produce ammonia from renewable energy or with natural gas where up to 95% of the CO2 emissions are captured and stored permanently, pure ammonia will quickly be a good solution for cutting carbon emissions in the maritime sector. Yara Eyde will demonstrate the maturity of ammonia as a maritime fuel,” says Ankarstrand.

Yara cuts scope 3 emissions by 11,000 tonnes of CO2 per year

The fertilizer from Yara Porsgrunn contributes to food for 48 million people worldwide. Production makes up 3% of exports from the mainland and now it will be transported emission-free from Herøya to the continent. “As a direct continuation of the green logistics with Yara Birkeland, the ammonia-powered ship Yara Eyde will extend the zero-emission value chain from Brevik to ports on the continent. With an emission-free sea journey from Brevik to Europe, Yara scope 3 removes emissions by 11,000 tonnes of CO2 per year,” says Svein Tore Holsether.


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