Classification society Korean Register (KR) and Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) on Friday (9 September) said they will be working closely together to develop new propulsion systems capable of handling green fuels including ammonia and hydrogen.
The two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 7 September to jointly collaborate at Gastech 2022, Milan, Italy. The move follows announcements that KR would be jointly developing a liquefied CO2 carrier with DSME.
This joint research agreement between the two parties will build on the unique strengths and accumulated technology of each company.
DSME aims to commercialise ammonia-powered container ships by 2025 based on its advanced technology, and is at an advanced stage in developing eco-friendly fuel technologies, including low-carbon ammonia carriers and liquefied CO2 carriers.
KR has also been actively seeking better options for decarbonisation pathways. As well as publishing guidelines for ammonia-fuelled ships, the classification society is developing its own hydrogen-powered ship rules and is working on enhanced decarbonisation initiatives to ensure ship safety and a greener future.
Dong-kyu Choi, Head of DSME’s R&D Institute, said: “The added value of eco-friendly ship propulsion technologies is expected to increase further in the future amid the strengthening of environmental regulations. Besides this collaboration with KR, we will continue to develop advanced eco-friendly ship propulsion technology and strive to speed up the commercialisation of decarbonised ships.”
Dae-heon Kim, Executive Vice President of KR R&D division, said: “Gastech 2022 was a great opportunity to showcase our technical strength and efforts. The joint agreement with DSME is significant in preparing for the future of green fuels in the long term. We will do our best to support the technology needed to deliver a low emissions shipping industry.”
Photo credit: Korean Register
Published: 12 September, 2022
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