Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) has received approval in principle (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register (LR) for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled 50,000 dwt class MR tanker design.
The development is the result of close collaboration between HMD and LR to aid in HMD’s compliance with the IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap.
An LNG-fuelled propulsion system has been incorporated into the design, following technical cooperation with LR, ensuring that the design complies with the new IGF code as well as LR’s Gas Fuelled Rules, covering other applicable requirements. HMD is now reviewing various other types of vessels for LNG-fuelled application, such as bulk carriers and container ships.
“We have focused on developing both a technically reliable and commercially feasible solution for an LNG dual-fuelled propulsion system. We are glad to be one step closer to making this solution a reality,” said Jeon Seung-Ho, HMD executive vice president.
LR adopted a risk-based approach to review the novel design and facilitated a high-level hazard identification (HAZID) workshop for the LNG fuel supply system (and associated ancillaries) in accordance with the LR ShipRight Procedure for Risk Based Designs. The concept design was reviewed in conjunction with the result of the HAZID workshop, requiring several actions and recommendations, before receiving AiP.
“We are very pleased to grant AiP by working together with HMD to develop this commercially feasible LNG-fuelled MR tanker design. It will provide the shipping industry with more practical options to comply with the upcoming global sulphur in fuel oil limit where they can be confident with the safety and operability of the LNG burning system,” stated Jin-Tae Lee, Ph.D, LR’s Korea chief representative & marine manager.