Classification society ABS has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to review an innovative new design for a dual-fuel, very large ammonia carrier (VLAC) for Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS). The vessel design, developed by HD Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), is fueled by ammonia and liquified natural gas (LNG) and is expected to meet greenhouse gas reduction requirements set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The project partners include EPS, HHI, HHI Engine & Machinery Division, MAN Energy Solutions, and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. Four vessels are planned for construction at the HHI Ulsan shipyard in Korea.
ABS, with its technical expertise and experience in gas carriers and decarbonization, is an ideal partner for this project. The company is committed to leading the industry in supporting the safe adoption of ammonia at sea. EPS CEO Cyril Ducau believes that the ammonia engines developed by MAN ES will be a game-changer for the maritime industry. He expects that in the next few years, vessels with significantly reduced emissions running on ammonia will be operational, marking a significant step towards zero carbon emissions for ocean-going vessels.
This collaboration represents an exciting time for the industry, as it moves towards zero-emission solutions and explores alternative fuels. The use of ammonia and LNG in the vessel design aligns with the latest IMO emission regulations and demonstrates a commitment to sustainability. By joining forces with ABS and other project partners, EPS aims to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the maritime sector and drive the industry towards a more environmentally friendly future.