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MAN Energy Solutions, the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) and classification society ABS are teaming up to develop designs for a low-emission 2,700 TEU Chittagongmax feeder container vessel.

SDARI will develop the ship design and engineering, which will use MAN’s dual fuel technology, and ABS will assess safety-related issues and contribute to the development of rules and standards in relation to ammonia as a fuel.

Speaking at signing ceremony held at MARINTEC China, Dr. Xiaozhi (Christina) Wang, ABS Vice President, Global Marine, said: Ammonia is an energy source with significant potential to help the industry meet IMO 2030 and 2050 emission targets but will require stringent new safety standards to be developed in order to support its adoption.

‘This innovative project is typical of how ABS is working with leading partners across the world to support the development of next generation fuel solutions for shipping.’

SDARI Vice President Zhiyong Zhou said that the institute is ‘actively seeking to develop next generation designs that incorporate strategies to meet IMO 2030 and 2050 targets’.

Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President, Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions, added: ‘The development of ships with low greenhouse-gas emissions fits well with the strategy of MAN Energy Solutions’ two-stroke portfolio, which has offered engines that can burn low- or zero-carbon fuels for many years. As such, low-speed marine engines are already the most efficient propulsion system for trans-oceanic shipping, making them the de-facto, standard powertrain for commercial vessels. Ammonia can be seen as a potential future energy-carrier of renewable primary-energy sources such as wind, hydro or solar.’

Ammonia, when generated by renewable energy sources, has no carbon footprint and emits almost no CO2, SOx or particulate matter when burned in engines. The fuel has been attracting strong interest from the marine industry and MAN has been involved in a number of projects. Earlier this week, Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced that it has granted Approval in Principle to Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. (DSIC) and MAN Energy Solutions for an ammonia-fuelled 23,000 TEU Ultra-Large Container Ship (ULCS) concept design.

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