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BV DELIVERS AiP FOR HHI AND KSOE AMMONIA FUELLED GAS TANKER

BV DELIVERS AiP FOR HHI AND KSOE AMMONIA FUELLED GAS TANKER

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 

Bureau Veritas (BV) has issued an Approval in Principle (AiP) to Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE) for its innovative design and development of an ammonia carrier with ammonia-fuelled propulsion.

The design was developed to ensure compatibility with the existing infrastructure for ammonia, while reflecting the market’s demand for very large gas carriers (VLGCs). The vessel will be 227m long, 36.6m wide, and 23.6m deep – similar dimensions to that of the HHI 91K VLGC design. It will be equipped with four prismatic-type cargo tanks with a total capacity of 91,000m3. The design has been optimised for the safe and efficient carriage of ammonia as a single cargo, thereby maximising competitiveness for shipowners, both in terms of CAPEX and OPEX.

The design builds on HHI’s experience with the transport of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), ensuring the safety of vessel and crew, managing the toxicity of ammonia, and supporting stable global supply chains. It will help HHI secure a leading position as a provider of ammonia propulsion technologies, as interest for ammonia as a marine fuel continues to grow worldwide.

Ammonia is one of the main alternative fuel options currently considered by shipping for net zero operations, in line with the targets set by IMO to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the maritime sector by 2030 and 2050.

HHI Senior EVP and CTO Won Ho Joo said: “We are pleased to leverage our expertise towards the green transition pathway for the decarbonisation of maritime transport, in line with our continuous commitment as a leader in the shipbuilding industry. We also promise that HHI Group will continue to encourage new value creation to lead the market, satisfying customers’ desire for maximising their profits with the achievement of ‘GHG zero emission’.”

Matthieu de Tugny, President, BV Marine & Offshore, said: “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. Today’s announcement demonstrates this is a feasible solution that will support our journey towards net zero carbon shipping. We are delighted about the positive outcome of this partnership, and we are excited to see this cooperation paving the way for further successes for both HHI and BV in technology development for newbuild market."

 

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