DSIC secures AiP from LR for vessels fueled with ammonia

China-based Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) has receive the approval in principle (AiP) of the British shipping classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) for their ammonia fueled bulk carrier concept called Newcastlemax.

LR leverages its expertise in alternative fuel vessel designs and assesses the suitability and design risks of the new bulk carrier.

Ammonia (NH₃) is said to be a “promising” alternative fuel that can help ocean energy move away from carbon-based energy sources.

Li Tianxiang, General Manager and Vice President of Technical Support Office of LR Greater China Shanghai, said, “This is an exciting project not only for LR, which has had many firsts in this field, but also for DSIC as this is the first design of its kind is showing its commitment to a transition to zero-carbon fuels.

“Awarding this AiP is another important step towards decarbonizing the maritime industry and demonstrates the feasibility of powering merchant ships with zero-carbon solutions in the near future.”

In 2019, DSIC received AiP from LR for the concept design of the ammonia-powered, 23,000 twenty-foot-unit (TEU) ultra-large container ship called C-Future.

The company now has AiP for a 210,000 dwt bulk carrier capable of running on carbon-free ammonia marine fuel.

DSIC Deputy Chief Designer Guan Yinghua said, “DSIC has strong research experience in the innovation of low-carbon and zero-carbon ships, and cooperates with the LR classification in the research and development of green ships.”

In October 2021, DSIC was awarded a contract by the joint venture (JV) Northern Lights to build two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, wind-assisted CO₂ launchers.

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