Lloyd’s Register (LR) has awarded approval in principle (AiP) to HD Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HD HMD) and Korea Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering (KSOE) for its fuel-cell powered 1,300 TEU Class feeder ship design, equipped with Amogy’s Powerpack designed to convert ammonia to hydrogen for the vessel’s onboard fuel cell. 

The feeder ship design was the result of a joint development project (JDP) between LR, HD HMD, HD KSOE and Amogy with the aim of designing and assessing the vessel’s feasibility along with the suitability of fuel cell electric propulsion using Amogy’s ammonia-cracking technology as well as HD KSOE’s Electric Propulsion solution. The vessel design incorporates Amogy’s system for both main and auxiliary propulsion, resulting in a power output of 8000 kW. 

LR’s role in the JDP was to review the ship design concept and the applied ammonia-powered system, and to provide a risk assessment according to LR’s standard Risk Based Certification (RBC-1) process.  

Sung-Gu Park, President – North East Asia, Lloyd’s Register said: “The project for this feeder container design is another important step in transitioning the feeder fleet to low and zero-carbon fuels. By building a more innovative design that uses novel technology such as Amogy’s Powerpack ammonia-to-hydrogen solution, the industry can begin to achieve its targets to reduce GHG emissions in line with IMO-mandated goals for 2030 and 2050.”  

Dong-Jin Lee, Head of Initial Design Division of HD Hyundai Mipo said: 
“Through those design development, HD Hyundai Mipo has taken a significant step closer to realizing zero-carbon electric propulsion ships. This positions the company as a leading developer of future ships that combine electrification and artificial intelligence technologies. Additionally, it is expected to lead the trend in decarbonizing ships by utilizing various new technologies.”

Jongkuk, Park, COO of HD KSOE EP Division said: “It is really an honor for us to take an important role in this JDP project. We were in charge of the basic design of electric propulsion package, based on Amogy’s technology and ESS(Energy Storage System) as multiple power sources for this vessel, and we will keep striving to provide the most optimized propulsion solution to move forward to zero-carbon fuelled vessels.” 

Seonghoon Woo, CEO at Amogy said: “Collaboration is pivotal in advancing and deploying our ammonia-powered solution. Securing this Approval in Principle from Lloyd’s Register marks an important milestone in our partnership with HD Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Korea Shipbuilding, and Offshore Engineering,” says Seonghoon Woo, CEO at Amogy. “This feeder container design, powered by Amogy’s technology, demonstrates our dedication to innovation and to accelerating the maritime industry's clean energy transition.”