Höegh Autoliners signs agreement for carbon-free Aurora-class ships
Höegh Autoliners has signed a contract with shipbuilder China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) (CMHI) for the acquisition of four multi-fuel, zero-carbon Aurora-class vessels.
The move comes after the companies signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) last year for environmentally friendly ships.
As agreed, CMHI will deliver the first two vessels in the second half of 2024, followed by two more in the first half of 2025.
The contract also includes options for eight additional Aurora-class ships.
The supply is part of Höegh Autoliners’ green transition strategy and will help expand its fleet.
Höegh Autoliners President Leif O Høegh said, “We are proud to partner with one of China’s largest and most reputable shipbuilders. The collaboration with China Merchants Industry represents a breakthrough in achieving our ambitious goal of net zero emissions by 2040.
“The innovative Zero Carbon Aurora Class design will allow our customers to decarbonize their supply chain. With CMHI, we are paving the way to a zero-net emissions future for our industry. »
The Aurora class will carry DNV’s “ammonia and methanol ready” rating.
Ships are designed for the transport of goods. With a carrying capacity of up to 9,100 cars, the Aurora class is said to be one of the largest and most durable car transporters in the world.
In addition, the vessels will be equipped with a multi-fuel engine that can run on marine gas oil (MGO) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). It can also run on future carbon-free fuels, such as ammonia or methanol, with some modifications.
Andreas Enger, CEO of Höegh Autoliners, said: “We are delighted to partner with CMHI and ensure the delivery of the largest and most environmentally friendly car and truck transport vessels (PCTC) in the world. world by 2024.
“The Aurora class represents the future of our business. This will further strengthen our service offering, accelerate our path to zero and put us at the forefront of sustainable shipping.