ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to two liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered designs from Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Group (DSIC), China.
The DSIC designs include a 208,000 DWT bulk carrier and a concept 260,000 DWT very large ore carrier (VLOC).
Both designs incorporate a Type C LNG fuel tank in the open area of the aft deck, which DSIC says minimises the influence on the arrangement of the deck house and increases cargo capacity. The optimised aft deck integrated arrangement enables a modular design concept for the LNG supply system, safety system and filling system, and ensures convenient installation and maintenance, according to DSIC.
DSIC believes LNG is quickly becoming a common choice for alternative fuel. Alongside ABS, the shipbuilder is able to demonstrate its designs and the feasibility of LNG as a marine fuel to shipowners and operators.
Patrick Janssens, ABS vice president, Global Gas Solutions, commented: “ABS has extensive experience of LNG as a marine fuel and it is a privilege to work closely with DSIC on these projects China shipbuilders have a fantastic record of innovation in LNG and, as a recognised global leader in gas, ABS is proud to assist these significant industry technological developments.”