EverWind Fuels has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with AP Moller-Maersk unit Svitzer for the joint development of green-fuelled vessels.
The companies will work together to deploy one of the world’s first green fuel-driven commercial tug vessels in the Canso Strait in Nova Scotia, Canada.
As part of the agreement, EverWind will deliver green fuel for the new tug from its green hydrogen and ammonia production facility in Point Tupper, Nova Scotia.
The company will also build the necessary infrastructure for green fuel storage and fuelling at its marine terminal.
Svitzer will focus on the procurement as well as retrofitting of a green-fuelled commercial tug vessel to operate at EverWind’s Point Tupper facility.
EverWind’s Point Tupper site, which is currently in the advanced stages of its development, is anticipated to enter commercial operation in 2025.
It is expected to produce around one million tons of green ammonia by 2026 and is claimed to be the first green hydrogen production site in Atlantic Canada.
EverWind CEO Trent Vichie said: “Our ambition to turn Point Tupper into a global green energy hub requires joint development from our partners in government, industry and Indigenous communities.
“With our Svitzer partnership, we are demonstrating our commitment to decarbonise Nova Scotia in real, demonstrable ways.”
The collaboration is also expected to advance Svitzer’s recently revealed decarbonisation strategy, which aims to make the firm fully carbon neutral in 2040 as well as support the company in developing green fuel solutions for marine applications, including solid oxide fuel cell technologies.
In May, Sanmar Shipyards delivered a newbuild RAmparts 2400SX class Z-drive tugboat, named Svitzer Rivas, to Svitzer.