Ammonia-Fueled Feeder Ship Design Gets Nod From Lloyd’s Register


  • Lloyd’s Register (LR), a leading classification society, has awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) to a 1,300 TEU Class feeder ship design.
  • This design incorporates a novel ammonia-to-hydrogen conversion system for electric fuel cell propulsion, marking a significant step towards cleaner maritime transportation.

A consortium of shipbuilding and technology companies receives a critical green light for their innovative ammonia-powered feeder ship design.

Key Players and Technology

  • Shipbuilders: HD Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HD HMD) and Korea Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering (KSOE) collaborated on the design of the feeder ship.
  • Fuel Cell Technology: Amogy’s “Powerpack” system plays a vital role. It converts ammonia, a potentially cleaner alternative fuel, into hydrogen to power the vessel’s onboard fuel cell, eliminating the need for traditional fossil fuels.
  • Electric Propulsion: HD KSOE’s electric propulsion solution provides power for both the ship’s main and auxiliary functions, with a total output of 8,000 kW.

Collaboration for a Sustainable Future

Lloyd’s Register (LR) played a crucial role by:

  • Reviewing the ship design and the ammonia-powered system to ensure safety and functionality.
  • Conducting a risk assessment following their established Risk Based Certification (RBC-1) process.

This AiP signifies a significant step towards achieving the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) emission reduction targets for 2030 and 2050.

Industry Leaders Applaud the Achievement

Representatives from the participating companies expressed their enthusiasm for the project’s potential:

  • Lloyd’s Register: Highlighted the importance of innovative designs using ammonia-to-hydrogen technology for achieving decarbonization goals.
  • HD Hyundai Mipo Dockyard: Emphasized their commitment to developing future ships with electric propulsion and AI technologies, while leading the way in decarbonization through new technologies.
  • HD KSOE: Expressed pride in their role of designing the electric propulsion package and contributing to zero-carbon vessels.
  • Amogy: Underlined the importance of collaboration in deploying ammonia-powered solutions. They view this AiP as a significant milestone in their partnership and a demonstration of their dedication to clean energy transition in the maritime industry.

This project represents a significant development in the race for cleaner shipping solutions. The collaboration between shipbuilders, technology providers, and classification societies demonstrates the combined effort required to achieve a more sustainable maritime future.

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Source: LR