Portrait of the Aurora Class: Designing the Future of the Maritime Industry

The Aurora class will be the largest and most environmentally friendly car carrier ever built.

Designed to carry up to 9,100 cars, the flex-fuel, zero-carbon Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC) vessels will be the first in the PCTC segment to be able to run on carbon-free ammonia.

They represent a breakthrough towards Höegh Autoliners’ ambitious goal of net zero emissions by 2040. Sebjørn Dahl, COO of Höegh Autoliners, explains the design process:

“We dreamed of taking the company in a whole new direction, adapting our current and future fleet to a green and more sustainable future. We have achieved this with the launch of our Aurora-class ships and are now leading the pack in the field of sustainable deep-sea fishing maritime transport No one has designed a vessel quite like it.

Reduce environmental footprint

Historically, Höegh Autoliners has a strong track record of reducing emissions and long-term efforts to combat climate change. Between 2008 and 2021, we have achieved a 37% carbon intensity improvement across our entire fleet and we are already on track to meet the IMO 2030 target of a 40% reduction.

Sebjorn Dahl says:

“Our strong focus on reducing emissions has put us at the forefront of sustainable transportation on the high seas. With our Aurora-class ships, we are demonstrating how we can strengthen our leadership position in decarbonization and efficiency freight.

The Aurora class was designed with flexibility in mind.

The vessel will have DNV’s ammonia and methanol ready rating and will be the first in the PCTC segment to operate on carbon-free ammonia.

Designed for future cargoes, the ship’s reinforced decks and improved internal ramp systems allow EVs to fit on all decks and provide more flexibility for heavier project cargoes.

A highly sustainable and innovative solution, which is of increasing interest to customers, emphasizes Sebjørn Dahl.

“The Aurora class represents the future of our business as well as the future of the industry. We are proud to set the benchmark by significantly reducing our environmental footprint and enabling our customers to also decarbonize their supply chain” , says Sebjørn Dahl. .