LR and GSI Design World’s Largest Ammonia Carrier

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Lloyd’s Register (LR) and Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) have embarked on a joint development project (JDP) to design the world’s largest Very Large Ammonia Carrier (VLAC) with a carrying capacity of 100,000 cubic meters.

Key Features
The vessel will incorporate an independent IMO type B tank to ensure the safe storage of ammonia, enhancing operational efficiency.The design has undergone LR’s Structural Design Assessment and prescriptive analysis. LR also provided advisory support on ammonia fuel applications and future gas ship developments.

Strategic Importance
Nick Brown, CEO of Lloyd’s Register, emphasized the significance of this design in helping major economies co-fire ammonia in coal power stations to reduce their CO2 footprint. He highlighted the role of shipping in distributing clean hydrogen-based commodities like ammonia, which supports global efforts to meet Paris Agreement commitments.

GSI’s Role
Chen Ji, Chairman of GSI, praised the company’s innovative market reputation and strong R&D capabilities. He noted that the 100,000 cbm VLAC design benefited from the contributions of long-term partners and an ammonia producer. He acknowledged LR’s crucial support in developing the world’s largest VLAC design.

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Source: LR

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