New mid-size gas carrier design from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard is ammonia  dual-fuelled ready vessel 

Lloyd’s Register has granted Approval in Principle  to Hyundai Mipo Dockyard  for its new 45,000cbm LPG  Carrier design, with availability to be ordered with ammonia dual-fuelled propulsion.  

The dual fuel system equipped on HMD’s LPG Carrier allows operators and owners to prioritise their ESG (Environmental, Societal and Governance) strategies for their fleets and align with the IMO’s revised goal of net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.  

The design incorporates three prismatic type ‘A’ tanks, reliquefaction plant, ammonia dual-fuelled engine with fitting, Liquid Fuel Supply System, Fire Fighting equipment and Water Spray System. The vessel is focused on verifying safety issue for ammonia toxic. 

As part of the project, HMD, Marshall Islands Flag and LR completed a feasibility study for the application of the ammonia (NH3) fuelled system through a comprehensive certification process, to ensure that the NH3 fuelled system complies with the existing IGC code. LR issued AiP following a drawing appraisal per applicable LR Class Rules & Guidance and related international regulations and standards.  

Andy McKeran, Chief Commercial Officer, Lloyd’s Register said:  

“We are delighted to continue our strong relationship with HMD with the granting of this approval in principle. The gas sector retains an important role in the maritime energy transition and ensuring supply demands can be met with new vessels is key. It is also crucial that we look beyond the short term and ensure that the global fleet is equipped with the capability to transition to green future fuel usage, with vessels like HMD’s dual-fuelled LPGC offering ship owners a credible option for decarbonisation.”   

Chail-il Kim, Senior Vice President, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard said:  

“We, HMD forecast that Ammonia dual-fuelled vessel will be widely adopted by the marine market as a substitute for conventional fuels in accordance with recently strengthened IMO GHG reduction and our design will timely respond to market demand for Ammonia duel-fuelled vessel in the upcoming future. As a first mover in the initial ammonia dual-fuelled vessel, we HMD will continuously endeavour to improve our design with LR.” 

Tom Blenk, Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Administrator said: 

“The RMI Maritime Administrator has no objection to the proposed design concept of the ammonia 45,000 cbm LPG carrier and is pleased to be involved in this project. The advancement of new technologies in the maritime energy sector is a necessary step toward ensuring that transition to a greener future. It was a pleasure to work with LR during the feasibility study and we look forward to continuing this relationship with future projects.”