Jan 19, 2023 | Ship classification news

The design of a Kamsarmax bulk carrier, jointly developed by Sumitomo Corporation and Oshima Shipbuilding and intended to use ammonia fuel, has achieved an Approval in Principle (AiP) from classification society DNV.

The AiP confirms that the vessel design meets the technical requirements and safety standards following a Hazard Identification Study on the associated risks of using ammonia as a fuel. The award comes as a result of a collaboration agreement Sumitomo Corporation and Oshima Shipbuilding signed in December 2021.

Stian Erik Sollied, Country Manager, DNV Japan Maritime, said: “DNV is pioneering the research and development of viable future marine fuels and is delighted to be a part of this innovative project. We will continue cooperating with forward-leaning maritime industry leaders in their efforts to bring low-carbon ship designs to life, safely and sustainably.”

Takanaru Toyota, GM Ship and Marine Project Dept, Sumitomo Corporation, said: “Sumitomo Corporation and Oshima Shipbuilding are accelerating the development and promotion of ammonia-fuelled ships. We will continue improving the operational environment, including the supply of ammonia fuel through internal and external collaboration, and aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions across the entire supply chain.”

Eiichi Hiraga, President Oshima Shipbuilding, added: “An ammonia fuel ship is a powerful forward-thinking solution to decarbonising the maritime industry. Oshima Shipbuilding, alongside Sumitomo Corporation, DNV and other stakeholders, will endeavour to optimise these designs further.”

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