Korean shipbuilders embrace ammonia-fueled solutions
Byon September 28, 2021
Samsung Heavy Industries
SHI and Wärtsilä have agreed to a new joint development program. The pair will look to develop new-build vessels with 4-stroke, ammonia-fueled auxiliary engines, with a focus on container vessels and very large crude carriers. The 4-stroke auxiliary engines complement 2-stroke main engines, but it was not indicated whether SHI and Wärtsilä intend for these main engines to also be ammonia-fueled.
There is a lot of interest from owners and operators in the potential for new clean-burning fuels, and ammonia is thought to be among the most promising of these candidates. Wärtsilä has already made significant progress in testing ammonia, and we are pleased to work together with them to bring this to reality.Youngkyu Ahn, Vice President SHI in the official press release, 22 September 2021
Hyundai Heavy Industries and Korean Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering Co.
Bureau Veritas has awarded Approval in Principle to HHI and KSOE for their new vessel design. The ammonia-fueled, ammonia-carrying Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) design features four prismatic-type cargo tanks with a total capacity of 91,000 m3. The press release indicates ammonia will be the new vessel’s sole cargo.