The Korean Register (KR) on Tuesday (28 December) said it awarded an approval in principal (AIP) to two green ammonia-fuelled ships at its Seoul branch office on 15 December.
One of the ships is a 60,000 m3 ammonia-fuelled ammonia carrier while the other is a 38,000 m3 ammonia carrier/bunkering ship; the vessels are developed by Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE), Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD).
The AIP is the first result from the ‘Green Ammonia Marine Transport and Bunkering Consortium’ launched in May 2021. The consortium is comprised of six organizations – KR, LOTTE Fine Chemical, KSOE, LOTTE Global Logistics, HMM and POSCO.
The vessels have been developed as eco-friendly ships that use ammonia as a bunker fuel and do not emit carbon during operations. The 60,000 m3 ammonia-fuelled carrier is currently the largest ship that can be docked at Korean ports.
“This AIP is extremely significant considering the industry’s focus on developing and utilising eco-friendly fuels such as green ammonia to achieve decarbonisation,” said KIM Daeheon, the Executive Vice President of KR’s R&D division.
“We have prepared a solid technical base for ammonia-fuelled ships with this certification and are getting closer to the goal to commercialise them in 2024.”
Photo credit: Korean Register
Published: 29 December, 2021
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