Jiangnan Shipbuilding and Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) signed a contract for the construction of four Very Large Ammonia Carriers (VLAC) with a capacity of 93,000 cubic meters.
ccording to Jiangnan Shipbuilding, which is a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), these will be the world’s largest ammonia carriers in the world, based on their capacity.
As explained, this type of vessel is the preferred option for transporting green ammonia over long distances, but it can also be fully loaded with liquefied petroleum gases, such as propane and butane.
In particular, the 93,000 cubic meter VLAC design, known as the Panda 93A, is derived from the fourth-generation VLGC model developed and designed by Jiangnan. The ship measures 230 meters in overall length, 36.6 meters in molded breadth, 22.5 meters in molded depth, and has a structural draft of 13.0 meters. It holds a classification from the Lloyd’s Register of Shipping.
The engine room of this ship is equipped with a mature LPG dual-fuel main engine and a shaft generator, meeting the current carbon emission requirements.
Green ammonia is regarded as the most promising alternative fuel for shipping industry to achieve zero-carbon emission. The growing demands of ammonia fuel is expected to keep increasing which will create more orders for long-distance ammonia carriers, and Jiangnan has been actively working with maritime industry partners to promote the development of zero-emission liquid gas carrier.
…said Jiangnan Shipyard.
To remind, the world’s largest Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) which named Harzand, was unveiled in late April in Shanghai before being delivered to Singaporean owner Petredec Global by Jiangnan Shipyard.