Belgium-based EXMAR has confirmed two ammonia-fueled, Midsize Gas Carriers (MGCs) (46,000 m3 capacity) are on schedule for delivery in 2026 from the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea.
The design was initially announced in March 2021 when EXMAR was awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) by classification society Lloyd’s Register.
The two carriers will be fitted with WinGD’s dual-fuel ammonia engine, which is being developed in partnership with Hyundai Heavy Industries. Hyundai and WinGD are aiming to deliver the first such engine in early 2025. WinGD’s two-stroke ammonia-capable engine design was awarded AiP in September this year by Lloyds Register. The fuel system for the gas carriers will be supplied by Wärtsilä Gas Solutions.
As leading global transporters of ammonia, we are proud to be developing vessels with an operational carbon footprint reduction of 90%, which significantly exceeds the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s emissions reduction targets. This is possible thanks to the decades of experience of EXMAR’s operational and technical teams, and the joint effort and contribution of all our project partners.Carl-Antoine Saverys, Executive Director at EXMAR, in his organisation’s official press release, 16 October 2023
In July 2021, EXMAR announced a partnership with ammonia mega-producer Nutrien to develop an ammonia-powered vessel. Fuel is to be sourced from Nutrien’s low-carbon ammonia production facility in Geismar, Louisiana.