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President Hage Geingob has christened the world’s first ammonia-powered supply vessel, developed by Australia-based company Fortescue Future Industries.

Dr. Geingob was invited by Fortescue Executive Chairman and Founder Andrew Forrest to unveil the Fortescue Green Pioneer vessel, which has been converted to run in dual-fuel mode as it moves away from fossil fuels.

The vessel sailed from its base in Singapore and docked in Dubai, where world leaders, including President Geingob, are renewing calls for increased investments in renewable energy sources and projects.

The Fortescue Green Pioneer’s docking at COP28 has been described as a symbol to the world of the technological solutions and regulatory changes needed to decarbonise shipping.

Fortescue Future Industries company was among those which had submitted bids to develop Namibia’s first Green Hydrogen and Ammonia plant but lost out to Hyphen Hydrogen Energy.

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Blanche Goreses