Japanese shipping company K Line announced that it has received approval in principle (AiP) from ClassNK for the design of its ammonia-fueled bulk carrier, which is set to join its fleet in 2026.
ogether with ITOCHU Corporation, Nihon Shipyard Co., Ltd., Mitsui E&S Machinery Co., Ltd., and NS United Kaiun Kaisha, Ltd., K Line obtained ClassNK AiP for the design of an ammonia-fueled ship of 200,000 deadweight ton class bulk carrier.
The vessel was developed by Nihon Shipyard as the part of the “Integrated Project for the Development and Social Implementation of Ammonia Fueled Ships” which was jointly adopted by “the Green Innovation Fund Project / Development for NextGeneration Ships / Development of Ammonia Fueled Ships” of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).
A risk assessment (Hazard Identification Study – “HAZID”) was recently conducted on the safety of using ammonia as marine fuel, and the basic design of the Vessel was evaluated as “capable of ensuring the same level of safety as ships operating with existing fuel”.
The acquisition of the AiP is an important milestone for the implementation of ammonia-fueled
ships, a new challenge for the maritime industry, and also an important step toward the further
promotion of the “Integrated Project” being facilitated by ITOCHU Corporation.
.. K Line stated.
“K” Line and partners will proceed with the development of the Vessel based on the basic design for which the AiP has been obtained, and aims to take delivery of the Vessel and begin its social implementation in 2026.