ABS grants AIP to two new Chinese LNG-fuelled ship designs

CERTIFIER ABS has granted approval in processto two LNG-fuelled designs from China’s Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Group. 

These China designed ore carriers can support Green Corridor bunkering requirements in Australia.

ABS grants AIP to two new Chinese LNG-fuelled ship designs


These are a 208,000 dead weight tonnage bulk carrier and the concept design of a 260,000dwt Very Large Ore Carrier.


ABS has extensive experience of LNG as a marine fuel and it is a privilege to work closely with DSIC on these projects," ABS vice president Global Gas Solutions Patrick Janssens said.


"China shipbuilders have a fantastic record of innovation in LNG and, as a recognized global leader in gas, ABS is proud to assist these significant industry technological developments."


Both of the designs use a Type 3 LNG tank on the aft deck, meaning there is little impact on the arrangement of the deck house and will increase cargo capacity and will mean convenient installation and maintenance.


"LNG is quickly becoming the alternative fuel of choice. By working with ABS, we are able to demonstrate the viability of our designs as a solution for shipowners and operators examining the feasibility of LNG as fuel for their vessels," a statement from the Chinese shipbuilder said.


A separate report from the US Energy Information Administration suggests that LNG as a marine fuel will see uptake as International Maritime Organisation rules mandating a sulphur content of 0.5% from 2020 come into force but uptake will be slow compared with other solutions.


Infrastructure for bunkering in the US is not at a point to support wide scale uptake and the ships used tend to be newbuilds as retrofitting them is expensive.


The cruise ship industry is considered one of the first-movers in the sector globally as LNG is significantly cheaper than other fuels, a point made by Golar chairman Tor Olav Troim at a recent conference in London.


Golar LNG ships the commodity.  



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