Höegh unveils world’s largest car carrier design, set to be zero-carbon ready on delivery in 2023

Norway’s Höegh Autoliners is stepping up its decarbonisation game with a new zero carbon ready vessel set to enter service by the end of 2023.

According to the company, the so-called Aurora Class of vessels, will be the largest and most environmentally friendly car carrier ever built, designed for 9,100 ceu.

The newbuild will come from Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry in China, equipped with a multi-fuel MAN B&W engine that can run on various biofuel and conventional fuels, including LNG. With minor modifications it can transition to use future zero carbon fuels, including green ammonia, the company said.

“With the multifuel engine and DNV’s new ammonia ready notation, Höegh Autoliners is bringing the segment and work to decarbonise the maritime industry to a new level,” said Hans Eivind Siewers, segment director Passenger Ships & RoRo at DNV.

Höegh Autoliners has since 2008 achieved an improved carbon intensity of 37% in its fleet, which puts it in the forefront in sustainable shipping in the deepsea roro segment.

“With the future of cargos and zero carbon fuels in mind, the Aurora vessel is designed for a greener future. It is the most environmentally friendly car carrier ever built. The Aurora Class represents a big step on our path to a zero emissions future,” said Höegh Autoliners CEO Andreas Enger.

Enger added the company is on a good path to meet its net zero emissions target by 2040. “Together with our customers and trusted partners we will make a significant contribution to a more sustainable maritime industry.”

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a background in finance, media and education. He has written across the spectrum of offshore energy and ocean industries for many years and is a member of International Federation of Journalists. Previously he had written for Navingo media group titles including Offshore Energy, Subsea World News and Marine Energy.


  1. I feel journalism is sort of a thing of the past. Would have been nice if the author hadn’t slapped a misleading headline “Largest Green Car Carrier”. A better headline would have been….”A step in the right direction but far from true zero emissions”

  2. Ship owners must make all vessels ordered capable of using future zero carbon fuels. The reality is that ALL vessels ordered for delivery from now are likely to be still operating in 2050. All sectors of the economy have to plan for net zero emissions in 2050 – if shipbuilders build the vessels capable of using zero carbon fuels, a supply chain for these fuels will develop.

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