Lloyd’s Register (LR) has granted Approval in Principle for a 10,000cbm ammonia bunkering vessel developed by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD). The vessel design includes two cylindrical type ‘C’ tanks, a reliquefaction plant, and a sophisticated loading arm for safe operations. LR believes that ammonia bunkering will play a significant role in the maritime energy transition in the coming years, and the development of vessels capable of refueling ammonia ships is crucial for its widespread adoption.
LR is currently conducting feasibility studies on using clean ammonia to refuel ships in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. The company is also part of The Castor Initiative, a global coalition working towards building the world’s first ammonia-fueled tanker by 2025. LR’s Maritime Decarbonisation Hub has previously conducted a study on ammonia safety onboard ships, which highlighted the need for various mitigation methods to ensure crew safety.
According to Andy McKeran, Chief Commercial Officer at Lloyd’s Register, this HMD design is an important step in meeting the requirements for safe and efficient gas bunkering worldwide. He emphasizes the need for continued industry development of technical solutions to support commercial and regulatory demands. Chan-il Kim, VP of Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, believes that ammonia-fueled vessels will be widely adopted in the marine market as a substitute for conventional fuels, aligning with the International Maritime Organization’s GHG reduction targets.
Overall, the approval of HMD’s ammonia bunkering vessel design by LR marks a significant milestone in the advancement of ammonia as a fuel source in the maritime industry. The development of such vessels is seen as crucial for the successful uptake of ammonia as a viable alternative to traditional fuels.
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