The first vessels are expected to be delivered as early as 2024, and will be the first in the industry to be awarded DNV’s “ammonia ready» classification.

The investment in ammonia-ready vessels is the company’s latest initiative in a long-term strategy with a target of net zero in 2040. The first four vessels were ordered in January 2022, with an option for eight additional vessels.

Höegh Autoliners has reduced its carbon intensity by 37 percent across the fleet since 2008, and is well on track to achieving the global IMO target of a 40 percent reduction by 2030.

With the Aurora series, we are accelerating our decarbonisation and taking multiple steps toward the long-term goal of net zero in 2040.

Andreas Enger, CEO, Höegh Autoliners

In addition to fuel technology, the size of the ships makes the project unique. One ship will be able to carry cargo equivalent to 9,100 passenger cars, making them the world’s largest car transport ships. This amounts to 600 passenger car equivalents more than today’s largest car transport ship, also developed, built and operated by Höegh Autoliners.

“We are working actively to develop innovations in maritime technology, and feel a great responsibility to contribute to the fight against climate change. With the Aurora series, we are accelerating our decarbonisation and taking multiple steps toward the long-term goal of net zero in 2040,” says Andreas Enger, CEO of Höegh Autoliners.

We are pleased to have secured delivery of the first ships already by 2024. By building the world's largest and greenest PCTC ships, we hope to show that the way to zero emissions for the industry is within reach, and that tomorrow’s solutions are being developed today.

Andreas Enger, CEO, Höegh Autoliners

The ships are the first in Höegh Autoliners’ new Aurora series, and are certified with DNV’s new «ammonia ready» and «methanol ready» classifications. This means that ships already under construction are equipped for possible conversion from LNG to ammonia or methanol.

Supplying the ships is the growing Chinese giant China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu), China’s largest ship manufacturer within car and truck transport (PCTC).

“We are pleased to have secured delivery of the first ships already by 2024. By building the world’s largest and greenest PCTC ships, we hope to show that the way to zero emissions for the industry is within reach, and that tomorrow’s solutions are being developed today,” Enger concludes.