ABS Approves HHI LNG Fuel Tank Design that "Advances LNG as Fuel"

Tuesday April 4, 2017

ABS Monday announced that it has granted a Certificate of General Design Approval (GDA) for an International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type B liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel tank design developed by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI), which ABS says "advances LNG as fuel."

"As industry continues to adjust to a changing regulatory climate, the use of LNG as fuel will continue to grow and be adopted in the marine industry. Developing vessels equipped with the latest technology and the most efficient fuel containment systems will be key to that growth," explains ABS.

Geared toward gas-fuelled vessels, the fuel tank design is based on a 14,500 TEU container ship - although it can be sized for other ship types and sizes - and was developed to minimise cargo space loss and use available area onboard the vessel effectively as possible.

"We are pleased to issue this approval that represents our involvement in the expanding gas fuel market and further promotes the adoption of LNG as fuel," said Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President, and CEO of ABS.

"As a technology leader, ABS works collaboratively with project stakeholders to evaluate new innovations and navigate the associated safety challenges."

Last month, Ship & Bunker reported that HHI is set to build four 114,000 DWT LNG-powered newbuildings for Russia's SCF Group (SCF), under its joint "Green Funnel" project with Shell Gas & Power (Shell).