LR and SWS to develop LNG-fuelled bulk carrier

LR and SWS to develop LNG-fuelled bulk carrier
Nick Brown presenting the AiP to Dr Chen Gang at Posidonia

Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) and Lloyd’s Register (LR) have agreed to jointly develop a liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual-fuelled Newcastlemax 210K DWT bulk carrier design.

SWS has produced the design and updated it to incorporate LNG propulsion, based on their existing conventional 210K DWT bulk carrier. LR has provided assistance and support for the LNG fuel system application and verifying the design against the IGF code, LR’s Gas Fuelled Rules as well as other relevant applicable standards.

Dr Chen Gang, Commercial Director of SWS, commented: “SWS has an extensive reference list for designing and building large Capesize bulk carriers. The experience and know-how that has been built to-date has been utilised to develop this latest world class design – LNG-powered Newcastlemax bulk carrier. This design enables the lowest possible fuel consumption and allows owners to select a design that will meet the future SOx emission challenge.”

“We are extremely happy to cooperate with one of the leading class societies, LR, for the development of this design and it will be very exciting to see how the market responds. SWS is committed to continuing to develop, innovate and create more market-driven, environmentally-friendly and technology-enabled products in the future.”

Presenting the AiP, Nick Brown, LR’s Marine & Offshore director, said: “It’s been an exciting project where we are delighted to have been able to support SWS in incorporating LNG as a fuel option.”