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Friday, October 1, 2021 

Ro-ro operator Höegh Autoliners has entered into a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) Jiangsu shipyard to build a series of multi-fuel and ammonia ready Aurora class vessels.

Under the terms of the LoI, the first two vessels will be delivered in the second half of 2024. The Aurora class has DNV’s new 'ammonia ready' notation, which makes it the first in the segment to be ready for operation on carbon-neutral ammonia. Together with its capacity to carry up to 9,100 cars it will be the largest and most environmentally friendly car carrier to be built.

Höegh Autoliners has, since 2008, achieved a reduction of carbon intensity of 37% across its fleet, which it believes puts the company significantly ahead of the IMO 2030-target of 40% reduction. The company’s ambition is to reach a net zero emissions target by 2040, making it a leader on the path to zero.

Andreas Enger, Höegh Autoliners CEO, said: "We are excited to have secured delivery of the first Aurora class vessel already by 2024. It will be the first Ammonia ready vessel in its segment and the largest car carrier ever built. The Aurora class will bring cargo efficiency to a new level and put us in the forefront of sustainable shipping.

China Merchant Industry has been expanding its shipbuilding business over the past two years and it is now the largest PCTC builder and the fourth largest shipbuilding group in China. China Merchant Industry own Deltamarin, which has been tasked by Höegh Autoliners to design the new Aurora Class."

Mei Xianzhi, GM CMHI, said: "We look forward to working together and providing Höegh Autoliners with these state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly PCTC vessels."

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