MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has thrown its weight behind a project to design an ammonia dual-fuelled container ship.

The leading liner outfit is teaming up with three partners to plot the design of an 8,200-teu dual-fuel vessel.

The aim is to give MSC the option of adopting ammonia as a zero-carbon main propulsion fuel for future newbuilding contracts.

Partners include classification society Lloyd’s Register, the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) and energy manufacturer MAN Energy Solution.