The global classification society, RINA along with the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) shaked hands in order to develop a ship design capable of being fuelled by either ammonia or methanol.
Under their agreement, SDARI will focus on the ship concept development and design, while RINA will verify the compliance with the applicable rules, including those for the use of alternative fuels.
As explained, the selected ship type is a tanker but the project, which is the first to investigate using both methanol and ammonia in this type of vessel, will increase understanding of the application of both fuels within the shipping industry with opportunities to apply designs to different types of ships.
For the record, external support to the project will be provided by MAN Energy Solutions.“While two-stroke engine technology will likely retain its influence within deep-sea shipping for the foreseeable future, ammonia and methanol are fuels with a lot of potential as clean, zero-carbon fuels and with whom we have a lot of experience”…Brian Østergaard Sørensen, Vice President and Head of R&D, Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions Copenhagen,stated.
“Ship designs have come a long way in their efficiency, but to meet targets for reduced emissions we need to look to alternative fuels. A ship specifically designed and optimized for using ammonia and methanol as fuels offers a future proof, environmentally sustainable solution”.
…as Giosuè Vezzuto, Executive Vice President Marine at RINA, said.
Accoridng to both sides, their collaboration will boost the application of alternative fuels inside the shipping industry.
“SDARI will always invest important resources into R&D, producing more efficient ship concepts and designs and using innovative energy sources. We are pleased to be working with RINA on our common goals to provide increasingly reliable design solutions to meet the emissions targets set by IMO for 2030 and 2050”.
…Wang Gang Yi, Vice President of SDARI, concluded.