DNV GL has awarded Chinese shipyard Jiangnan with an Approval in Principle (AiP) for the design of a 93,000-cubic meter (cbm) very large ethane carrier, Panda E.
The ethane carrier will utilise GTT’s reinforced Mark III cargo containment system with a design temperature of minus 104 degrees centigrade. The design feature four standard cargo holds capable of carrying ethane, ethylene, and liquid petroleum gas (LPG), with a capacity of 93,000 cubic meters in total.
DNV GL has said that fuel consumption was significantly reduced after several rounds of hull form optimisations. The proposed dual-fuel ethane / fuel oil main propulsion system with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) meets the IMO NOx Tier III requirements. The design also features a deck tank, shaft generator and an LNG Ready concept. A USCG-certified ballast water treatment system has been installed.
The vessel was designed by Jiangnan Shipyard in cooperation with GTT, DNV GL and major equipment manufacturers. Hu Keyi, chief engineer, Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) said: “With this latest AiP, we have laid a solid foundation for introducing this ship type to the market and will further enrich our product portfolio in gas carriers and gas-fuelled ship types, which will benefit our clients and, at the same time, reduce emissions. Both Jiangnan and DNV GL will gain from the deeper and broader cooperation that this AiP represents.”
Johan Petter Tutturen, business director gas carriers, DNV GL – Maritime presented the AiP certificate. He commented: “I am very pleased to be able to present this certificate to Jiangnan Shipyard, continuing a very productive and long-standing relationship. As the gas segment continues to gain importance in shipping, new designs that offer greater efficiency and compliance are important in advancing the segment. We are very proud to support Jiangnan Shipyard in realising this new concept.”