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MARINTEC – LR, DSIC, MAN to work on China’s first ammonia-powered ULCS

06 Dec 2019

Classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) has granted Approval in Principle to Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. (DSIC), and MAN Energy Solutions for an ammonia-fuelled 23,000 TEU Ultra-Large Container Ship (ULCS) concept design, the first ammonia as fuel design of its kind in China.

LR facilitated hazard identification (HAZID) workshops to determine potential hazards throughout the design phase, covering areas limited to the ammonia-fuelled engine and the external piping systems.

It also provided technical guidance regarding the ship’s design and the provision of technical materials, in accordance with the goals and functional requirements from current and anticipated regulatory rules, procedures and guidelines.

“DSIC has developed the concept design of the zero-carbon emission ULCV cooperating with MAN Energy Solution and Lloyd's Register. The ‘C-FUTURE’ solution is another pioneering initiative of DSIC on the development of green ships and clean energy applications,” commented Yang Zhizhong, President of Dalian Shipbuilding Industry, during the ceremony at Marintec China.

“DSIC will continue to strengthen cooperation with domestic and international partner, to develop environmentally friendly and efficient new ship type, to achieve more new breakthroughs.”

Moving forward, LR has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China’s biggest shipbuilding group, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), to jointly study, research and develop marine equipment and technology.

The MoU, which has been signed at the start of Marintec China 2019, will include research into zero-emission vessel projects, trends and applications for meeting the IMO’s 2050 decarbonisation target.

The partners will jointly establish a Technology Research Centre in Shanghai to address the challenges of new regulation, whilst also leading the development and innovation of smart technologies within the global marine and offshore industries.

Additionally, LR and CSSC have agreed to hold a biennial ‘Global Shipping Forum’ that will coincide with Marintec, to promote discussion around key issues affecting the maritime industry.

The partners will also exchange training on a range of topics including cyber security, cruise ship design and the application of new energy sources for ships such as hydrogen fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries.

LR will further offer technical support and training for gas carriers including ships for the carriage of LPG, LNG, ethane, hydrogen and ammonia.

“Lloyd’s Register is delighted to be partnering with CSSC, which is now the world’s biggest shipbuilding group,” said Alastair Marsh, LR Group Chief Executive.

“This MoU, which sees us jointly establish a Technology Research Centre in Shanghai and launch a biennial Global Shipping Forum, will allow us to share our insights and experience so we can both better support the maritime industry in navigating the decarbonisation and digitalisation challenges in the decade ahead.”

Photo credit: Lloyd’s Register
Published: 6 December, 2019


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