ABS to provide AiP for Project Forward LNG-fuelled bulk carrier

ABS to provide AiP for Project Forward LNG-fuelled bulk carrier

Classification service provider, ABS has joined Arista Shipping, Deltamarin, GTT and Wärtsilä in the ‘Project Forward’ joint development project (JDP) to develop a dry bulk carrier concept that uses liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel.

Arista Shipping principal Alexander P. Panagopulos explains the design concept and benefits of LNG during the 2018 Posidonia exhibition held in Greece this week

During Posidonia 2018, Arista Shipping principal Alexander P. Panagopulos, welcomed ABS to the project, which will see the design and development of a Kamsarmax bulk carrier. The vessel will be the first of this type suitable for worldwide services powered by LNG in compliance with the IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) 2025 standards, NOx Tier III and MARPOL Annex VI SOx emission levels.

The design will be the first LNG-fuelled cargo ship capable of full-range operations.

Mr Panagopulos said: “Project Forward represents a milestone for the shipping industry in bringing to the market a practical, achievable design for what are the workhorses of the shipping fleet. Our mission is to develop the next generation of energy efficient and environmental friendly dry bulk cargo ships to be sustainable worldwide beyond 2030. It marks a number of ‘firsts’ and draws together the experience of a team of leaders in their field to make LNG powered shipping a reality on the high seas.”

ABS Vice President of Global Gas Solutions Patrick Janssens added: “The long-term potential for LNG as a marine fuel is tremendous. We see the near-term opportunities for larger vessels on fixed and known trade routes, but more opportunities will emerge as concepts mature and bunkering infrastructure expands. Environmental stewardship will continue to be a concern, and owners will be evaluating alternative fuel choices.”

Both Janssens and Panagopulos spoke of the technical challenges in developing a design for this type of ship. One of the major challenges is that it needs to carry 2,500 cu. M of LNG. This will be to ensure a full-range of operation and a 40-day sailing range.

ABS will provide the Approval in Principle (AiP) for the concept. The vessel is based on the Deltamarin B.Delta 82 design, utilising a GTT membrane LNG fuel tank. The concept features a Wärtsilä four-stroke, medium-speed engine without auxiliary generators, the first time this configuration has been applied to a vessel of this type, significantly simplifying the vessel’s engine room arrangement and contributing to lower capital expenditure.