Illustration of the ammonia-ready bulker (Source: ClassNK)

ClassNK signs off on ammonia-ready bulker design

A panamax bulk carrier design, initially to be fuelled by LNG but ready to be adapted for ammonia, has been given Approval in Principle (AiP) by ClassNK. The ship design has been developed by the Planning and Design Center for Greener Ships (GSC), a Japanese cooperative in which the country’s major shipbuilders are collaborating in the design development of future low-carbon ships.

Flexibility has been a priority in the panamax bulker design. GSC revealed in a statement that although the design has been developed for a future switch from LNG to ammonia as fuel, the vessel would also be capable of using its existing systems to switch from LNG to liquefied carbon-neutral methane.

ClassNK reviewed the ship ‘s design in the framework of its Rule Part GF incorporating the IGF Code, and as an ammonia-ready vessel in a Concept Design context in its Guidelines for Ships Using Alternative Fuels, introduced in 2021.

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