Giant LPG ammonia carrier constructed by Namura joins MOL Fleet

A large LPG-powered LPG ammonia carrier has been delivered to MOL Energia Pte, a Singapore-based company of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Group (MOL), with the support of two leading shipbuilders.

The vessel, named Phoenix Harmonia, has been constructed by Namura Shipbuilding (Namura) and delivered to the company on September 29, with the support of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group.

The new delivery has been confirmed by Namura Shipbuilding with an official statement.

Based on a technical cooperation deal executed between the two companies in August 2021, Mitsubishi contributed in the wide range of technical aspects through the whole construction period of the vessel.

Specifically, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding developed the ship’s hull form and detail designs, supplied an LPG related major machinery and equipment, and also gave technical advice during the construction stage, backed by its knowledge and expertise accumulated through the construction and delivery of more than 80 very large LPG carriers and midsize LPG/ammonia carriers.

“The Phoenix Harmonia achieves enhanced operating performance by increasing the capacity of the cargo tank to 87,000m³, up from the 83,000m³ of earlier LPG carriers, and engineering improvements have resulted in enhanced fuel efficiency,” MHI group said.

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding said it applied its technologies in gas handling to develop a new system capable of using LPG in the cargo tank as fuel to propel the ship.

This ability to secure LPG fuel from the cargo tank reduces equipment needed on deck and ensures flexibility during loading at the LPG terminal.

The Phoenix Harmonia is characterised by the shipyard as “one of the largest vessels of its type capable of carrying ammonia,” in anticipation of future demand growth in transport of large volumes of ammonia, which is a fuel that emits no CO2 during combustion.