Seaborne transportation provider Navigator Holdings Ltd announced it has won approval in principle (AIP) for an ammonia fueled gas carrier design by classification society DNV.
The owner and operator of the world’s largest fleet of handy size liquefied gas carriers said subsidiary Navigator Gas LLC was awarded AIP based on the special features notation (GF NH3) under DNV’s new rules for the use of ammonia as fuel in gas carriers.
Navigator collaborated with an industry-wide consortium, including MAN Energy Solutions, Babcock International and the Norwegian Maritime Authority to achieve the AIP from DNV, the firm added.
Navigator's director of fleet and technical operations, Paul Flaherty, said DNV and the Norwegian Maritime Authority reviewed the design and relevant documentation and found no potential showstoppers to its realization.
“Obtaining an AIP from DNV for ammonia fueled vessels 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," he noted.
Torgeir Sterri, SVP and regional manager West Europe, DNV Maritime, added: "If our industry is going to continue to play a central role in the global economy, we need to be exploring all options that can get us further towards decarbonization.
"At the same time, we recognize that for our customers, how to tackle the decarbonization challenge is going to be most challenging and significant decision they are likely to make this decade.
"This is why we have created class notations and guideline that give them the flexibility to find the path that fits their operations and business.”