Höegh Autoliners has launched its Aurora Class vessel designed for 9,100 car equivalent units, with the company saying the ship will be the world’s largest vehicle carrier.

“With the future of cargos and zero carbon fuels in mind, the Aurora vessel is designed for a greener future,” said Höegh Autoliners´ CEO, Andreas Enger.  “It is the most environmentally friendly car carrier ever built. The Aurora Class represents a big step on our path to a zero emissions future

“We have entered a Memorandum of Understanding with our professional and long-term partner, Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry. This will make it possible to have the first vessel delivered by the end of 2023.”

Höegh Autoliners notes since 2008, it has achieved an improved carbon intensity of 37% in its fleet.

The Aurora class has strengthened decks and enhanced internal ramp systems, enabling electric vehicles on all decks and provides more flexibility for heavier cargos.

The Aurora Class’ multi-fuel engine can run on various biofuel and conventional fuels, including LNG. With minor modifications it can transition to use future zero carbon fuels, including green ammonia.

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“With the multifuel engine and DNV’s new ammonia ready notation, Höegh Autoliners is bringing the segment and work to decarbonise the maritime industry to a new level,” added DNV Segment director, Passenger Ships & RoRo, Hans Eivind Siewers.

“The Aurora design will further meet the enhanced safety standards and reduce environmental footprint significantly. DNV are proud to support Höegh Autoliners on their path to zero. With the right partners, technology and mindset, we will be able to achieve a safe and sustainable maritime industry.”