Approval for new GTT small LNG carrier

16 Apr 2013

ABS, global classification provider to the offshore industry, has granted French engineering company Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) approval in principle (AIP) for a brand new 32,000 m3 capacity LNG carrier design.

Patrick Janssens, Vice President LNG, ABS, said: “While a few membrane LNG carriers in the 20,000 m3 capacity range were built in the 1990s, this is the first new design to be introduced since that time.”

The reason for its development, Mr Janssens says, is the development of new markets that have led to a keen interest in smaller LNG carrier designs.

According to Philippe Berterottière, GTT Chairman and CEO, this innovative new membrane vessel combines high cargo capacity with flexibility. He said: “Proposing this innovative and efficient design affirms GTT’s capability to be a key player over the full range of LNG carrier sizes. We are very happy with the technological partnership we had with ABS on this project.”

Christopher J Wiernicki, ABS President and CEO, added ABS is very much working with the industry to develop and employ the technologies of the future - as the GTT approval demonstrates.

GTT says that more than 70% of the world LNG carrier fleet is equipped with GTT membrane technologies. The company is a leader in the design of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of LNG.

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