Hyundai Mipo Delivers Korea’s First LNG-Powered Ro-Ro

On the 8th October, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard delivered the ‘FAUSTINE’, a 20,000-ton LNG-powered ro-ro ship, to ‘CldN’ of Luxembourg.

A ro-ro ship is a ship capable of loading (Roll-On) or unloading (Roll-Off) through a ramp by loading not only cargo with self-driving power such as passenger cars and trucks, but also trailers loaded with containers.

This vessel is the first LNG-powered ro-ro ship built in Korea. It has dimensions of 217m in length, 32.2m in width, and 27.3m in height. It can operate at a speed of 17.6 knots.

Hyundai Mipo delivers Korea's first LNG-powered ro-ro
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In particular, the ship is equipped with an LNG dual-fuel engine that can use both LNG and diesel as fuel, so it emits almost no sulfur oxides (SOx), so it can operate in ‘ECA (Emission Control Areas)’ such as Europe and North America.

In addition, 9% nickel steel, which can maintain excellent strength and impact toughness even at a cryogenic temperature of -163 degrees (℃), was applied to the 337 cubic meter (㎥) LNG fuel tank, and the equipment layout and design were optimized to further enhance stability.

In addition, by applying a shaft generator that can produce and supply electricity using the rotational force of the main engine, operating expenses and exhaust gas emissions were minimized. Four thrusters that support lateral propulsion were installed to improve the ship’s steering performance. Moving within a narrow port can also be done smoothly.

An official from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard said, “The demand for environmentally friendly and high-efficiency ships is increasing.

Meanwhile, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard has successfully built PC ships, LPG carriers and RO-RO ships equipped with LNG dual fuel engines, as well as methanol and ammonia fueled ships, liquefied carbon dioxide (LCO 2 ) carriers, and liquid hydrogen. (LH 2 ) We are strengthening our technological edge in the future shipbuilding market through the development of various eco-friendly ship technologies such as carriers. There is a photo.

※ECA (Emission Control Area ): The area where the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has restricted sulfur oxide emissions to 0.1% or less. 5 major ports in Korea, including Dangjin, Yeosu/Gwangyang, Ulsan, and Busan ports, were designated as ECA.

Reference: hmd.co.kr

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