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The Korean Register (KR) has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) for an 8,000m3 ammonia bunkering vessel, the first of its kind in Korea, which is owned by KMS EMEC, a design engineering company. The vessel has been developed through a joint development project (JDP) between KR, KMS EMEC, and the Singapore shipping company Navig8. It is the first  ammonia bunkering vessel in Korea to be dual fuelled, using both MGO and ammonia.

Ammonia, a zero-carbon fuel is attracting worldwide attention as an eco-friendly fuel for next-generation ships. The adoption of ammonia as fuel is not technically difficult and as a result it has high potential for commercialisation.

Working with Navig8, KMS EMEC created the first domestic conceptual design, in accordance with MAN Energy Solution’s engine specifications. KR then completed the necessary risk assessments, design safety verification and reviewed compliance with Korean and international regulations. Navig8 contributed to the 8K ammonia bunkering vessel design development by conducting a detailed review of the commercial feasibility and operational economics of ammonia as a ship fuel, from the viewpoint of a shipping company.

KIM Dae-Heon, Executive Vice President of KR’s R&D Division, said, “The whole maritime industry is interested in eco-friendly alternative fuels to meet the requirements of the new environmental regulations. As a result, this JDP confirming the feasibility of 8K ammonia bunkering ships is significant. KR will continue working to work with industry stakeholders to find the most effective ways to meet the environmental regulations and to respond quickly and effectively to any environmental challenge as it arises.”

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