The International Maritime Organization (IMO) set targets to significantly reduce the carbon intensity of international shipping and it is clear that meeting these targets will involve the effective use of alternative low and zero carbon fuels such as clean ammonia in the maritime industry.

Building on its long experience and leading position within global ammonia production, logistics and trade, Yara established the Yara Clean Ammonia (YCA) unit in 2021. This unit focusses on capturing growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power plants, carbon-free food production and ammonia for power- and industrial applications. The use of carbon-neutral ammonia is a very promising future green alternative to current fossil-fuel based energy. YCA is actively investing to become a leading provider of solutions across the value chain, including reliable supply of zero-carbon ammonia fuel.

To make zero-emissions shipping a reality by using ammonia as a fuel, Yara recognizes the need for value chain collaboration. Yara is very pleased to become a member of The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) and join the Board of Directors.

Quote Mr. Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia:

“SGMF has already build a strong reputation and increased the awareness of safe, effective and sustainable use of gaseous fuels in the maritime industry. Their current activities are expanding to include ammonia, of which we are appreciative.

By becoming a member of the Board of Directors, YCA can effectively add value and create clarity on the implications of ammonia for the maritime industry. Our ambition is to accelerate ammonia as fuel and making carbon free shipping a reality.”

Quote Mark Bell, General Manager, The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF):

“We are delighted to welcome Yara as members, there is much debate in our industry surrounding gaseous marine fuels and the first-hand information this seasoned supplier can provide is invaluable.

Ammonia has both great potential and challenges as a marine fuel and in view of its significance I am very pleased to see Tessa Major - Director Bunkering appointed as a Board member for SGMF.”

Yara will be represented by Ms. Tessa Major in the Board of SGMF starting on 1st of April 2022. She is a seasoned sustainability and maritime professional with profound experience on the development and implementation of alternative fuels. She has also been involved with the Society since its inception.

SGMF introductory guide and formal LCA of Ammonia as a marine fuel

With a wide-ranging portfolio of best practice for LNG as a marine fuel, the Society has been busy evaluating both hydrogen and ammonia as marine fuels. SGMF is conducting a primary Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) Study on ammonia as a marine fuel (Sphera commissioned), similar as to what has been done for LNG but exclusively as a literature study. The scope will include both fossil (grey/blue) and sustainable (green) variants.

Furthermore, SGMF will also be launching an ‘Ammonia as a Marine Fuel – an introductory guide’ which will be outlining strategic facts about NH3. This high-level document guide relates to what are, and will be, more technically thorough SGMF guidelines, aimed at supporting the eventual ammonia ship fuel industry develop.

Both documents are expected to be published in 2022.

Media Contacts:

The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF):

Name: Lydia Dorai

Tel : + 44 (0) 20 3637 1455

E-mail: [email protected] 


Name: Hilde Steinfeld

Title: Director Communication, Yara Clean Ammonia

Mobile: +47 99 35 30 30

E-mail: [email protected]


About SGMF:

The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) established to promote safety and industry best practice in the use of gas as a marine fuel. The Society has Consultative Status with the IMO and is governed by a representative Board and driven by three principal Committees. SGMF has several working groups at any one-time solving issues and producing outputs such as Guidelines and checklists for the industry. The Society has produced 13 ISBN publications, has over 145 international members ranging from energy majors, port authorities, fuel suppliers through to equipment manufacturers and classification societies.

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About Yara:

Yara grows knowledge to responsibly feed the world and protect the planet. Supporting our vision of a world without hunger and a planet respected, we pursue a strategy of sustainable value growth, promoting climate-friendly crop nutrition and zero-emission energy solutions. Yara’s ambition is focused on growing a nature positive food future that creates value for our customers, shareholders and society at large and delivers a more sustainable food value chain.

To achieve our ambition, we have taken the lead in developing digital farming tools for precision farming and work closely with partners throughout the food value chain to improve the efficiency and sustainability of food production. Through our focus on clean ammonia production, we aim to enable the hydrogen economy, driving a green transition of shipping, fertilizer production and other energy intensive industries.

Founded in 1905 to solve the emerging famine in Europe, Yara has established a unique position as the industry’s only global crop nutrition company. We operate an integrated business model with around 17,000 employees and operations in over 60 countries, with a proven track record of strong returns. In 2021, Yara reported revenues of USD 16.6 billion. 

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