EXMAR LPG BV, a joint venture between EXMAR and Seapeak, has confirmed its decision to use ammonia as the fuel source for two Midsize Gas Carriers (MGCs) currently under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea.
The ships will be the first ever oceangoing vessels to be propelled by dual-fuel ammonia engines, allowing for close to zero-emissions trading when using ammonia.
The engines will be delivered by WinGD and the fuel supply system by Wärtsilä Gas Solutions.
The 46,000-cubic-metre MGCs are scheduled for delivery in early 2026.
During the design and development of the vessels, significant focus has been placed on ensuring operational safety when introducing a hazardous substance into the engine room, according to EXMAR’s latest statement.
A thorough design assessment, based on risk evaluation, was carried out by the classification society Lloyds Register. This assessment incorporated insights from experienced crews and was endorsed by the Flag State (Belgium), playing a crucial role in shaping ongoing design improvements.
“As leading global transporters of ammonia, we are proud to be developing vessels with an operational carbon footprint reduction of 90 per cent, which significantly exceeds the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s emissions reduction targets, “ said CarlAntoine Saverys, Executive Director at EXMAR.
“This is possible thanks to the decades of experience of EXMAR’s operational and technical teams, and the joint effort and contribution of all our project partners,” Saverys added.