ABS to class “world’s first” CNG ship

29 Jul 2014

ABS is to class what is said to be the world’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) carrier ordered by Pelayaran Bahtera Adhiguna, a subsidiary of an Indonesian state-owned power company.

Pelayaran’s inaugural CNG ship, which will be dual-classed with the Indonesian class society Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia, will measure 110m and offer sailing speeds of 14 knots. It has been designed to offer a nominal CNG capacity of 2,200m3 and will fly the Indonesian flag.

"This prestigious contract is a testament to our commitment to high quality service, technical innovation and remaining a pioneer in the safe transport and handling of gas," said Christopher J Wiernicki, chairman and CEO, ABS.

“As society's demands continue to drive the search for cleaner forms of energy, new methods of marine transport, propulsion and processing for gas are being required. ABS remains committed to being on the leading edge of that technical evolution, supporting industry and regulators as they navigate through the challenges,” he added.

The vessel is expected to transport natural gas from Indonesian fields in East Java to communities on the island of Lombok, benefiting relatively remote communities that are not economically feasible to supply by pipeline.

ABS was also chosen to class the world’s first LNG carrier, Methane Pioneer, back in 1959, and was the class of choice for the first 10 large LNG ships built in China. The company has also worked on several CNG carrier concepts, providing support through the approval in principle process to final approval.

This latest contract award comes just months after ABS unveiled its new Global Gas Solutions team, a multi-disciplinary group of technical specialists formed to respond to the rapidly escalating number of gas-related projects, including LNG and LPG transportation, the use of LNG and LPG as fuel and a growing number of FLNG projects.

The vessel has been has been designed by China's CIMC Ocean Engineering Design & Research Institute and is to be built at Qingdao Wuchuan Heavy Industry’s shipyard in northern China.

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