Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE) have been given an Approval in Principle by Bureau Veritas for their newly designed and developed ammonia carrier, which is set to feature ammonia-fueled propulsion.
The proposed vessel will measure 227m in length and 36.6m in width and was developed to be compatible with existing infrastructure for ammonia as well as reflect the maritime market’s demand for very large gas carriers (VLGCs). HHI and KSOE’s ship has been optimized for the safe carriage of ammonia as a single cargo and will feature four prismatic-type cargo tanks with a total capacity of 91,000m3.
The design process leveraged HHI’s previous expertise in LPG transportation to maximize safety for the crew and vessel, manage the ammonia’s toxicity and support stable global supply chains.
“We are pleased to leverage our expertise towards the green transition pathway for the decarbonization of maritime transport,” commented Won Ho Joo, HHI’s senior executive vice president and chief technical officer. “HHI Group will continue to encourage new value creation to lead the market, satisfying customers’ desire for maximizing their profits with the achievement of ‘GHG zero emission’.”
Following targets set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), ammonia is being considered as a net-zero operation alternative fuel to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the marine industry in line with frameworks for 2030 and 2050.
“Bureau Veritas is proud to partner with Hyundai Heavy Industries on the development of this innovative design of an ammonia carrier with ammonia fuel propulsion,” added Matthieu de Tugny, president, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore. “Today’s announcement demonstrates this is a feasible solution that will support our journey towards net zero carbon shipping.”