Illustration of the Aurora-class vessel (Source: Höegh Autoliners)

Aurora class launch crucial step in Höegh’s path to zero emission

Norwegian shipping company Höegh Autoliners has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese yard Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry to place an initial order for a large environmentally friendly car carrier. The new type of  vessel, called the Aurora class, is designed to carry 9,100 car equivalent units (CEU) and will be among the world’s largest car carriers.

The Aurora class represents an important step in the company’s path to a zero emissions future, said Höegh Autoliners chief executive officer Mr Andreas Enger. Höegh Autoliners has entered into the MoU to have the first vessel delivered by the end of 2023.

The Aurora class is designed to transport the larger vehicles expected in future. Its strengthened decks and improved internal ramp systems enable electric vehicles on all decks and provides more flexibility for heavier project cargo. The multi-fuel engine can run on various biofuel and conventional fuels, including liquefied natural gas (LNG). With minor modifications it can transition to use future zero carbon fuels, and including DNV’s new ammonia ready notation it will further lead to decarbonise the maritime industry.

Höegh Autoliners is facing demands from the automobile industry to decarbonise supply chains. Höegh Autoliners aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2040.

Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore
Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore