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Rendering of the M/S NoGAPS ammonia-powered gas carrier. Image courtesy Breeze Ship Design.

Rendering of the M/S NoGAPS ammonia-powered gas carrier. Image courtesy Breeze Ship Design.

DNV Grants Approval in Principle to Ammonia-Powered Gas Carrier Design

Mike Schuler
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June 7, 2023

DNV, a leading classification society, has awarded an Approval in Principle (AiP) for the design of an ammonia-powered gas carrier called the M/S NoGAPS.

This milestone is part of the Nordic Green Ammonia-Powered Ships (NoGAPS) project, which aims to develop solutions for a zero-emission ship powered by ammonia in the Nordic region. The project brings together key players in the maritime industry, including the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, BW Epic Kosan, Yara, MAN Energy Solutions, Wärtsilä, Global Maritime Forum, and Breeze Ship Design.

Ammonia has emerged as a promising option for achieving a multi-fuel zero carbon future in the maritime industry. However, the technical challenges associated with using ammonia as a fuel require collaborative efforts to harness its full potential. The NoGAPS project focuses on overcoming these challenges and aims to have an ammonia-powered carrier operating in the Nordic region.

The initial phase of the NoGAPS project involved developing a proof of concept to address barriers related to safety, efficiency, the fuel supply chain, and commercial viability. The ongoing second phase focuses on vessel design, with the ultimate goal of having an operational ship. Additionally, the project aims to establish infrastructure, operational procedures, and a business ecosystem for ammonia-powered shipping.

DNV’s Regional Manager for Region North Europe, Tuva Flagstad-Andersen, spoke of the significance of regional initiatives in driving the adoption of new fuels and technologies.

“Ammonia is a promising alternative fuel option – one that we have been working to enable for several years now, including developing the Gas Fuelled Ammonia notation,” said Flagstad-Andersen. “We are very proud to be part of NoGAPS, collaborating with an extremely strong group of stakeholders who have the experience, expertise, and cooperative spirit to deliver on this innovative concept.

“Collaborative novel design development and safety case integration are critical for the necessary maturation of the ammonia fuel pathway,” said Claus Winter Graugaard, Chief Technology Officer, Onboard Vessel Solutions at the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping. “NoGAPS provides a leading example of this and demonstrates the benefit of starting with ammonia as a fuel in the gas carrier segment.”

Before awarding the AiP, DNV reviewed the vessel design for compliance with their rules for Gas Carriers and the IGC code, with a focus on the arrangement and systems related to the cargo and fuel installation. The certification signifies that the design is feasible and no significant obstacles exist to prevent its realization.

The NoGAPS project has been made possible through funding from the Nordic Innovation Fund and in-kind support from consortium partners. The Danish Maritime Authority represents the flag, and Breeze Ship Design serves as the ship designer. NoGAPS is one of the five projects awarded grants by Nordic Innovation as part of their mission to decarbonize Nordic ports, as well as the transportation of people and goods by sea and land.

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