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Ammonia-fuelled boxship design revealed at Marintec

Making headlines at Marintec China in Shanghai this week is ammonia. UK class society Lloyd’s Register (LR) has granted approval in principle to Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSIC) and MAN Energy Solutions for an ammonia-fuelled 23,000 tea ultra-large container ship (ULCS) concept design, the first ammonia as fuel design of its kind in China.

Bjarne Foldager, senior vice president at MAN Energy Solutions, said: “Developing ships fuelled by ammonia makes perfect sense as it has the potential in the future to be created from renewable, primary-energy sources such as wind, hydro or solar.”

Mark Darley, LR North Asia president, said: “This is an exciting project, not only for LR who has had many firsts in this area, including the first hydrogen-fuelled ferry, Hydroville, but for the Chinese market as this is the first design of its kind and shows the country’s commitment to shipping’s decarbonisation journey. The global shipping community is facing the challenges associated with the IMO’s GHG ambitions, this is the first step in exploring and testing low carbon alternatives such as ammonia.”

Across the many giant halls of Marintec China future fuels are among the most debated topics this week.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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