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Höegh Autoliners has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd. (CMHI) to build a series of its multi-fuel and ammonia ready Aurora class vessels.

As previously reported, Höegh Autoliners announced it was looking to invest in a series of up to 12 of the vessels in June. A spokesperson for the company confirmed to Bunkerspot today (1 October) that there are four firm vessels under the terms of the LoI, with the first two Aurora vessels to be delivered in the second half of 2024, and the next two in the first half of 2025. There are also options for additional vessels.

The Aurora class has DNV’s new ‘ammonia ready’ notation, which, according to Höegh Autoliners, makes it the first in the segment to be ready for operation on carbon neutral ammonia.

‘We are excited to have secured delivery of the first Aurora class vessel already by 2024. It will be the first ammonia ready vessel in its segment and the largest car carrier ever built,’ said Andreas Enger, Höegh Autoliners CEO. ‘The Aurora class will bring cargo efficiency to a new level and put us in the forefront of sustainable shipping.’

Mei Xianzhi, CMHI general manager, added: ‘We look forward to working together and providing Höegh Autoliners with these state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly PCTC vessels.’

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