Bureau Veritas (BV) has delivered an Approval in Principle (AiP) to Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE) for the design and development of an ammonia carrier with ammonia-fuelled propulsion.
The design was developed to ensure its compatibility with the existing infrastructure for ammonia, while also reflecting the market’s demand for very large gas carriers (VLGCs).
The vessel will be 227m long, 36.6m wide, and 23.6m deep – similar dimensions to that of the HHI 91K VLGC design.
It will be equipped with four prismatic-type cargo tanks with a total capacity of 91,000 cubic meters. This design was optimised for the safe and efficient carriage of ammonia as a single cargo, thereby maximising competitiveness for shipowners, both in terms of CAPEX and OPEX.
This design builds on HHI’s expertise and experience with the transport of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), ensuring the safety of vessel and crew, managing the toxicity of ammonia, and supporting stable global supply chains.
The certificate was delivered to Dong Jin Lee, vice president of HHI by Matthieu de Tugny, president of Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, at a ceremony on BV’s Gastech exhibition stand in Dubai.
Won Ho Joo, senior executive vice president and chief technical officer of HHI, said: “We are pleased to leverage our expertise towards the green transition pathway for the decarbonisation of maritime transport, in line with our continuous commitment as a leader in the shipbuilding industry. We also promise that HHI Group will continue to encourage new value creation to lead the market, satisfying customers’ desire for maximising their profits with the achievement of ‘GHG zero emission’.”