Korean Register has granted AiP for two more ammonia-fueled vessel designs: a 60,000 m3 carrier and a 38,000 m3 ammonia transport/bunkering vessel. Both designs were developed by Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering, with assistance from Hyundai Heavy Industries. The 60,000m3 carrier will be the largest ship that can be currently docked at Korean ports.
Importantly, the new AiPs mark the first milestone achievement for the ‘Green Ammonia Shipping/Bunkering Consortium’, which was launched in May 2021 with the explicit purpose of developing ammonia-fueled ship designs for approval by Korean Register. The six member consortium (KSOE and HHI are joined by Lotte Fine Chemical, Lotte Global Logistics, Hyundai Merchant Marine and POSCO) was featured in our Australia conference last year.
This AIP is extremely significant considering the industry’s focus on developing and utilizing eco-friendly fuels such as green ammonia to achieve decarbonization. We have prepared a solid technical base for ammonia-fueled ships with this certification and are getting closer to the goal to commercialize them in 2024.Daeheon Kim, Head of KR Research Division in KR’s official press release, 17 Dec 2021