Joint venture established to realize world’s first clean ammonia-powered container ship

Yara Clean Ammonia, North Sea Container Line, and Yara International are joining forces to realize the world’s first container ship that will use clean ammonia as fuel. Named Yara Eyde, the vessel will be the first to sail emission-free sea route between Norway and Germany.

Yara Eyde is optimized for the trade corridor between Norway and Germany and will operate between Oslo, Porsgrunn, Hamburg and Bremerhaven. From 2026, Norwegian companies can trade their products emissions-free in and out of Norway. Yara International is participating as cargo-owner. The fertilizer produced in Porsgrunn will be shipped emission-free to Germany, cutting scope 3 emissions with 11,000 tonnes of CO₂ per year.

Yara Clean Ammonia AS and North Sea Container Line AS are establishing a joint venture (JV) to realize Yara Eyde, while the ship will be operated by NCL Oslofjord AS. The joint venture aims to become the world’s first line operator to focus exclusively on ammonia-powered container ships. Enova has awarded Yara Eyde just over NOK 40 million, and the support is decisive for implementing the project.

“This unique project takes a major step towards zero-emission supply chains for Yara and demonstrates that clean ammonia will be able to provide cost-effective and environmentally friendly maritime transport,” said Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia. “Yara Eyde will demonstrate the maturity of ammonia as a maritime fuel.”

“With our industrial DNA from our main shareholder Elkem, North Sea Container Line is very pleased to see Birkeland and Eyde reunite to facilitate a new industrial revolution,” said Bente Hetland of North Sea Container Line. “The partnership with Yara fits perfectly with our ambitious emissions strategy, and we are pleased to see the commitment Yara has shown to reduce emissions.”

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