Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Korea Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering (KSOE) have obtained approval in principle (AiP) from Bureau Veritas for the design and development of an ammonia carrier with ammonia-powered propulsion.

The carrier’s design was created in line with the infrastructure that is currently available for ammonia, as well as to meet the market’s demand for very large gas carriers (VLGCs).

The new vessel will have dimensions similar to that of the HHI 91K VLGC design, featuring a length of 227m, width of 36.6m, and depth of 23.6m.

It will be loaded with four prismatic-type cargo tanks, which will provide a combined capacity of 91,000m³.

The design of the vessel was optimised to support the safe transportation of ammonia as a single cargo.

This will increase competitiveness for shipowners, both in terms of CAPEX and OPEX, stated Bureau Veritas.

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For developing the design, HHI utilised its expertise in the transport of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), managing the toxicity of ammonia, supporting international supply chains and guaranteeing ship and crew safety.

This initiative is expected to enable HHI to establish ‘a leading position’ as a supplier of ammonia propulsion technologies.

Bureau Veritas marine and offshore president Matthieu de Tugny said: “Bureau Veritas is proud to partner with HHI on the development of this innovative design of an ammonia carrier with ammonia fuel propulsion.

“This announcement demonstrates this is a feasible solution that will support our journey towards net-zero carbon shipping.”

In June, Bureau Veritas, Barry Rogliano Salles and Deltamarin joined forces to supply ship performance and energy transition solutions to shipowners across the globe.