DNV awards AiP to Samsung for ammonia-ready VLCC

by 27, Aug, 2021Innovation, Maritime 4.00 comments

DNV has awarded an Approval in Principle (AiP) to Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for an ammonia ‘Fuel Ready’ class notation for its 300,000 DWT LNG fuelled very large crude carrier (VLCC) design. The notation means that the vessel could be easily converted to run on dual fuel/ammonia from dual fuel/LNG. 

The AiP award confirms the general feasibility of the design. It was found that there are no showstoppers in realising the DNV class notation Fuel Ready after examining the shipyard’s drawings. The newly released Gas Fuelled Ammonia notation has also been applied in the process.

The AiP incorporates the attributes S (structure) and Ti (tank installed). A high-level verification of ammonia applicability for the C-tanks installed onboard the VLCC was also performed. At the time of newbuild, the vessel will still be subject to a full review of documentation requirements pertaining to the applied rules.

“The global maritime industry is at a critical juncture in terms of being ready to respond with low-carbon ship design. Through DNV’s AiP for ammonia ‘Fuel Ready’ design, SHI is making an effort for commercialisation of alternative fuel solutions for global shipowners considering newbuildings or converting ammonia-fuelled ships in the future,” said Ho-hyun Jeong, EVP and head of SHI’s engineering operations.

“We are very happy to work with SHI in this innovative ‘Fuel Ready’ VLCC concept,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV Maritime. “DNV has been pioneering the research and development of viable future marine fuels, including ammonia. As a trusted voice to tackle global transformations, our role is to support the industry in bringing new low-carbon ship designs to life in a safe and sustainable manner.”