ClassNK grants AiP for LNG-fuelled bulk carrier design

ClassNK grants AiP for LNG-fuelled bulk carrier design

ClassNK has granted an Approval in Principle (AIP) to NYK Line and Japan Marine United (JMU) for their joint project on the concept design of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled 200K DWT bulk carrier.

The AiP is based in ClassNK’s Rule Part GF, which adopts the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code).

The design is based on a 200K DWT bulk carrier developed by JMU. The vessel has a high capacity for cargo and by running on LNG will reduce emissions and satisfy Phase 3 of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), which requires 30 per cent less emissions than Phase 0.

ClassNK corporate officer and director of technical solution department Hayato Suga said: “The design developed by NYK and JMU meets the industry’s demand for an increase in cargo capacity while also being environmentally friendly. As a classification society, we have confirmed the safety of the design and are very happy to be involved with this innovative project.”

Image shows one of JMU’s unimax ore bulk carrier. Courtesy of JMU.