DNV approves ammonia-powered short-sea bulk carrier design

by | 1st July 2023 | The Naval Architect - News, Shipbuilding

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Tuva Flagstad-Andersen presents the AiP certificate to André Risholm

Classification society DNV has awarded Viridis Bulk Carriers an approval in principle (AiP) for an ammonia-fuelled short-sea bulk carrier design. The certificate was presented during the Nor-Shipping trade fair.

The bulk carrier design, developed by Kongsberg Maritime, is for 5,000dwt short-sea vessels that offer a 3,000nm range and safety levels equivalent to conventionally fuelled vessels.

“We are delighted with yet another milestone for our ammonia-powered short-sea bulk vessel,” according to André Risholm, Board member of Viridis Bulk Carriers. “During the AiP process we have had a good constructive process and excellent co-operation with DNV. This is a clear testament to the hard work completed and are important for moving closer to the newbuilding phase.

“Considering the heightened emission reduction targets set by the EU and IMO, our Viridis vessels will fully adhere to these standards. This will empower charterers to benefit from exceptional greenhouse gas reductions throughout their logistical value chain.”

“We are extremely proud to announce the successful grant of the approval in principle for Viridis Bulk Carriers’ groundbreaking project,” adds Tuva Flagstad-Andersen, regional manager of Region North Europe at DNV.

For the AiP, DNV has reviewed the design of the vessel for compliance with the 2023 revision of the rules for the DNV Gas Fuelled Ammonia class notation.

According to Flagstad-Andersen, DNV introduced the Gas Fuelled Ammonia notation “to enable the industry to foster innovation and drive sustainable solutions in line with the most advanced industry standards”.

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