DNV GL has presented ShipInox with an Approval in Principle (AiP) for its new small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier/bunker vessel design, marking the first class-approved design based on an offshore supply vessel (OSV).
The vessel will be 92 meters in length and have a carrying capacity of 6,000 cubic meters.
DNV GL’s most recent forecast predicts that by 2050 over 20 per cent of total shipping energy will be provided by LNG. LNG is a low-sulphur containing fuel and is one option for shipowners and operators to comply with the IMO’s 0.5 per cent sulphur cap, entering into force January 1, 2020.
Rune Østbøe, CEO, ShipInox, commented: “The enthusiastic support we have received throughout the challenging development of this design makes us feel very humble. Not only DNV GL and the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA), but a diverse range of companies spanning Innovation Norway, to the LNG-specialists at Torgy, and Fearnleys have all enabled us to deliver on this design. We are now in a position where we can help to accelerate entries into small-scale LNG with this fast-to-market and low-cost LNG carrier.”
“We are very proud that ShipInox asked us to be part of this interesting and innovative project,” added Trond Hodne, senior vice president at DNV GL – Maritime. “This design could be a viable option for owners looking to move into different segments in a challenging market, especially as the gas segment continues to gain importance in shipping.”
“This AiP is the result of an excellent cooperative process that included a feasibility workshop with the designers, the Norwegian Maritime Authorities, an OSV owner, and DNV GL experts,” stated Johan Petter Tutturen, business director for Gas Carriers, DNV GL – Maritime. “We have been able to ensure that this novel design is in full compliance with the 2016 IGC Code and with the relevant class rules. It is a testament to the expertise and engagement of all parties involved that we could realise this challenging concept, and we look forward to seeing the first projects hit the water.”
Karolina Lundgren, Norwegian Maritime Authority, confirmed: “Our strong focus on green shipping and fuel development and our experience in handling novel designs make us an asset in projects that challenge the standard set-up. We are pleased that Shiplnox decided to involve us early in the process. For future developments, it is a great advantage that the most problematic issues have been carefully considered both by Shiplnox and DNV GL and that the need for alternative designs has already been identified.”