HD Korea Shipbuilding unveils ammonia-fueled ship technology

By Kim Dong-young Posted : June 3, 2024, 14:06 Updated : June 3, 2024, 14:06
HD Hyundai Heavy Industries HD HHI unveiled new technologies for ammonia-powered ships at its International Tech Forum held in Athens Greece which was attended by over 100 global shipbuilding and shipping industry representatives Courtesy of HD Korea Shipbuilding  Offshore Engineering
An official from HD Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (HD KSOE) explains its technologies for ammonia-powered ships during a forum in Athens, Greece, on May 31, 2024.  Courtesy of HD KSOE

SEOUL, June 03 (AJU PRESS) - HD Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (HD KSOE) has unveiled new technology that enhances the safety of ammonia-fueled ships, a promising next-generation eco-friendly vessel, ahead of a major industrial fair in Greece. 

The shipbuilder held a forum in Athens on Friday to showcase its innovative technology that reduces toxic gas emissions from ammonia fuel to near-zero levels.

The event, attended by over 100 global shipbuilding and shipping industry representatives, took place before the Posidonia 2024 exhibition, one of the top three international conventions in the industry, opened in the city on Monday. More than 2,000 companies from 77 countries are expected to participate in the annual event.

While ammonia-fueled ships are attracting attention as carbon-free vessels, the safe elimination of ammonia's toxicity has been a critical issue in their development.

During HD KSOE’s forum, global companies such as Euronav, Thenamaris and NYK Line showed keen interest in various solutions to address the risk of ammonia leakage, considered the biggest drawback in the commercialization of ammonia as a marine fuel.

HD KSOE unveiled its proprietary Integrated Ammonia Scrubber technology, which absorbs emitted ammonia in two stages, reducing emissions to zero levels.

The company also introduced its AI-based ship management system and remote drone system, which, when applied to ammonia-fueled ships, can detect minute ammonia leaks in real time, preventing accidents.

HD KSOE has previously won orders for four ammonia-fueled ships, including the world's first two ammonia-propelled LPG carriers in 2023.
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