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Korean Register gives approval in principle for Korea’s 1st 8K ammonia bunkering ship

Korean Register gives approval in principle for Korea’s 1st 8K ammonia bunkering ship

The Korean Register (KR) has given approval in principle (AIP) for the first ammonia bunkering vessel in Korea, an 8K ammonia bunkering vessel.

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KMS EMEC, a design engineering firm, owns the bunkering vessel. The ship was created as part of a joint development project (JDP) between KR, KMS EMEC, and Navig8, a Singapore-based shipping company. It is Korea's first dual-fueled 8K ammonia bunkering ship, using both marine diesel (MGO) and ammonia.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set a target of cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 40% by 2030 and 70% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels, as well as cutting greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2050.

Many countries are developing ammonia engines and ammonia fuel cell systems in order to commercialize carbon-free ships.

Via a variety of R&D ventures with industry partners, the Korean government is also working to promote the move to zero-carbon fueled ships.

Ammonia, a zero-carbon fuel, is gaining popularity as an environmentally friendly fuel for next-generation ships around the world. Ammonia as a fuel is not technically difficult to introduce, and as a result, it has a strong commercial potential.

In collaboration with Navig8, KMS EMEC developed the first domestic conceptual design in compliance with the engine requirements of MAN Energy Solutions. The required risk assessments, design safety verification, and compliance with Korean and international regulations were then completed by KR.

From the perspective of a shipping company, Navig8 contributed to the development of the 8K ammonia bunkering vessel by undertaking a comprehensive analysis of the commercial viability and operational economics of ammonia as a ship fuel.

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