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VIRIDIS TO LAUNCH AMMONIA-FUELLED BULKER FLEET

VIRIDIS TO LAUNCH AMMONIA-FUELLED BULKER FLEET

Monday, July 5, 2021 

Norwegian company Viridis Bulk Carriers, a joint venture between Navigare Logistics, Amon Maritime and Mosvolds Rederi, says it is in discussion with a number of shipbuilders concerning construction of a five-vessel fleet of zero-carbon 5000dwt flexible bulkers, for 2024/25 delivery, which will be powered by ammonia.

Together with Kongsberg Maritime, Viridis Bulk Carriers has developed a fully functional, flexible, zero emission bulk carrier concept. The company believes zero emission ships need the same operational capabilities as conventional vessels, therefore its short sea bulk carriers will have range capacity exceeding 3,000 naut miles.

The ships are designed with a high focus on safety, creating technical and operational barriers to limit the risk to a level similar to conventional ships. Reciprocating engines will burn ammonia to generate propulsive power, and an exhaust gas aftertreatment system optimised for ammonia will eliminate any harmful by-products. Batteries and shore power connection will be included for support, constituting an ammonia-electric hybrid power system, enabling silent manoeuvring and cargo operations.

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