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Friday, April 30, 2021 

Deltamarin of Finland says it is proud to be involved in a project with Höegh Autoliners and Chinese shipbuilder Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry to design and build a car carrier vessel prepared for zero carbon operation.

Höegh Autoliners is accelerating its decarbonisation efforts to meet its goal of a zero emissions future. The Aurora Class is a crucial step in the company’s sustainability commitment. Designed for 9,100 car equivalent units it will be the world´s largest car carrier.

“With the future of cargos and zero carbon fuels in mind, the Aurora vessels is designed for a greener future. It is the most environmentally friendly car carrier ever built. The Aurora Class represents a big step on our path to a zero emissions future” said Höegh Autoliners´ CEO Andreas Enger. “We have entered a Memorandum of Understanding with our professional and long-term partner Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry. This will make it possible to have the first vessel delivered by the end of 2023.”

Höegh Autoliners has a solid history on emission cuts and long-term efforts to combating climate change. Since 2008 the company has achieved an improved carbon intensity feet wide of 37%.

The Aurora class is designed with strengthened decks and enhanced internal ramp systems, enabling Electric Vehicles on all decks and providing flexibility for heavier project cargo.

The Aurora Class’ multi-fuel engine can run on various biofuel and conventional fuels, including LNG. With minor modifications, it can transition to use future zero carbon fuels, including Green Ammonia.

Janne Uotila, CEO Deltamarin, said: “Deltamarin and Höegh Autoliners have been leading the way for the unique high-end PCTCs and other highly specialised ro-ro vessels already for the last 20 years. The Aurora class will be the world’s largest PCTC and able to take future carbon neutral fuels, such as ammonia, which has been considered, for example, in the fuel storage design. Cooperation with Höegh has always been excellent, and it has been our privilege to work alongside with the innovative, responsible, and forward-looking professionals who know their own business thoroughly.”

Being ready for zero carbon fuels and taking advantage of the latest technology on everything from energy optimisation to internal ramp systems the Aurora Class is said to bring decarbonisation and cargo efficiency to a new level. This will reduce Höegh Autoliners carbon footprint and support decarbonising customers’ supply chain.

“We are accelerating our decarbonisation efforts to meet our net zero emissions target by 2040. Together with our customers and trusted partners we will make a significant contribution to a more sustainable maritime industry” said Enger.

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