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Eastern Pacific Shipping to order ammonia dual-fuel tanker at HHI

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Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) will order a mid, large or very large gas carrier from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) under a memorandum of understanding signed today.

The vessel will be the first to use MAN Energy Solution’s G60 dual-fuel ammonia engine, will be flagged in Singapore, classed by ABS and built at HHI for delivery as early as 2025.

The organisations involved signed an MoU at Posidonia, accelerating progress in the adoption of ammonia as a marine fuel.

Ammonia has no emissons as a marine fuel, but has strict safety requirements for handling and will need significant infrastructure and production investments to meet the maritime industry’s needs. No commercial engine currently uses ammonia as a fuel; ammonia-ready vessels on order will need significant retrofits to use aommnia once the fuel is available and viable.

EPS CEO Cyril Ducau says, "We believe that our industry will need to rely on multiple solutions to steadily lower and eventually eliminate emissions. That’s why it is critical for us to constantly invest and develop various alternative marine fuels in order to offer the right solution to the right segment at the right time. The use of ammonia as a marine fuel is the next logical step for EPS and the industry."

MPA Chief Executive Quah Ley Hoon said: “MPA is excited to be part of the EPS-led joint project to develop EPS’ first ocean-going ammonia dual-fuel gas tanker. EPS’ decision to register their new ammonia fuelled gas carriers under the Singapore flag signifies an important milestone in our journey towards green shipping.”