British shipping company Navigator Gas has been awarded approval in principle (AiP) for an ammonia-fuelled gas carrier design from classification society DNV. An industry consortium, including MAN Energy Solutions, Babcock International and the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA), has collaborated with Navigator Gas to achieve the AiP under DNV’s new rules for the use of ammonia as fuel in gas carriers.
DNV, alongside the NMA, reviewed the design and relevant documentation and found no potential objections to its realisation.
“Navigator Gas has been discussing ammonia as a fuel with our consortium partners since 2018, when this topic was on the fringes of discussions surrounding decarbonisation and the use of alternative fuels,” said Mr Paul Flaherty, technical advisor to Navigator Gas. “Obtaining an AiP from DNV for an ammonia-fuelled vessel is the first step in preparing Navigator Gas to meet the future demands of our customers and to reduce our carbon footprint through lower greenhouse gas emissions.”
DNV AiP for new ammonia-fuelled gas carrier design