Hyundai Mipo Gets Approval for Ammonia-Propelled Ships

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Hyundai Mipo Dockyard is pressing ahead with plans to commercialise ammonia-fuelled ships by 2025, writes Sam Chambers for Splash247.

The Korean yard has been working on the project with engine maker MAN Energy Solutions and British class society Lloyd’s Register and has announced that its designs have won class approval.

Prospective use of ammonia as fuel 

Ammonia developments are happening fast in recent months.

  • January saw Malaysia’s flagship carrier MISC along with Samsung Heavy Industries, Lloyd’s Register and MAN Energy Solutions set about building a landmark ammonia-fuelled tanker.
  • Elsewhere, in a world-first, it was announced in December that Eidesvik’s 2003-built LNG-fuelled platform supply vessel Viking Energy will have a high-power fuel-cell installed to allow it to be powered by green ammonia.
  • In October last year, Maersk, the world’s largest containerline, identified three fuels to focus on, namely alcohol, biogas and ammonia as it transitions towards complete decarbonisation by 2050.

Ammonia has been attracting a lot of attention in the shipbuilding industry as an eco-friendly fuel for ships that does not emit carbon dioxide when it is burned.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted mandatory steps under which carriers are required to operate a fleet of vessels designed to cut emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 30% by 2025 compared with 2008.

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Source: Splash247

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