Höegh Autoliners Inks Deal With CMHI To Build Zero-Carbon Ammonia and Methanol PCTCs

The Norwegian RoRo shipping specialist, Höegh Autoliners has signed a contract with China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd. (CMHI) for four fixed and eight optional multi-fuel and zero-carbon ready Aurora class vessels.

Höegh Autoliners Inks Deal With CMHI To Build Zero-Carbon Ammonia and Methanol PCTCs
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Under the terms of this new contract, the first two vessels will be delivered in the second half of 2024 and the following two vessels in the first half of 2025. In addition, Höegh Autoliners also has recourse for another four-plus four Aurora class vessels.

These Aurora class vessels will have DNV’s ammonia and methanol ready notation. The vessels will be the very first in the PCTC (Pure Car and Truck Carrier) segment to operate on zero-carbon ammonia. With the capacity to carry up to 9,100 cars, the industry-redefining Aurora class will be the world’s largest and most sustainable car carrying vessel.

Höegh Autoliners Chairperson, Leif O. Høegh said, “We are proud to partner with one of the largest and most reputable shipbuilders in China. The collaboration with China Merchants Industry represents a breakthrough in reaching our ambitious net-zero emissions target by 2040. The innovative design of the zero-carbon ready Aurora class will enable our customers to decarbonize their supply chain. Together with CMHI, we are leading the way towards a net-zero emissions future for our industry.”

This innovative newbuilding program will accelerate the company’s green transition, expand the fleet, and deliver best-in-class low-to-zero emission transportation services to its customers in ‘one fell swoop’.

Höegh Autoliners CEO, Andreas Enger adds, “We are excited to partner with China Merchants Heavy Industry and secure the delivery of the world’s largest and most environmentally friendly PCTC vessels already by 2024. The Aurora class represents the future of our business. It will further strengthen our service offering, accelerate our path to zero and put us in the forefront of sustainable shipping.”

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CMHI has been steadily expanding its shipbuilding business over the past two years and is now the largest PCTC builder and one of the largest shipbuilding groups in China. CMHI also owns Deltamarin, which is responsible for the design of the new Höegh Autoliners Aurora class.

CMHI general manager, Mei Zhonghua commented, “We look forward to working together and providing Höegh Autoliners with these state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly PCTC vessels.”

The vessel is designed to transport the cargo of the future. The vessel’s strengthened decks and enhanced internal ramp systems enable Electric Vehicles on all decks and equips it with more flexibility for heavier project cargo.

The vessel’s multi-fuel engine can run on marine gas oil (MGO) as well as LNG. With a bit of tempering, the vessel can transition to use future zero-carbon fuels including ammonia or methanol.

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