ABS class for LNG carrier

16 Jun 2015
The new carrier will use the recently approved LNT A-BOX gas containment technology for small- to mid-sized vessels

The new carrier will use the recently approved LNT A-BOX gas containment technology for small- to mid-sized vessels

ABS will provide approval of a containment system and classification for a new medium-sized LNG vessel to be built in China for Sino-Norwegian company Landmark Capital.

The 45,000 cbm vessel, featuring self-supporting IMO Type-A tanks mounted within an insulated hold space, will be built in China, with an option for another vessel.

Patrick Janssens, vice president of Global Gas Solutions, ABS, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the classification contract for this innovative LNG carrier, which draws on our 50 years of experience in gas handling and transportation.”

The vessel will be equipped with the LNT A-BOX gas containment system, for which last year ABS completed an Approval in Principle for. ABS will also review the vessel design, survey the construction and class the ship for operation upon delivery, which is due in 2017.

Landmark Capital affiliate LNG New Technologies (LNT), with operations in Norway and Singapore, developed the LNT A-BOX system and is providing engineering services for the project.

LNT A-BOX is designed to answer the need for a system that fills the gap between smaller ships with Type C tanks and those with larger membrane type containment systems and is one of a handful of new LNG containment designs that has received design approval from ABS.

LNT plans to offer the patented system under license to other shipyards once the initial contract is completed to third party shipyards that are looking to enter the LNG market.

ABS is a pioneer in the safe transport and handling of gas. It classed the world's first LNG carrier and has extensive technical experience within the full scope of gas-related assets, ranging from LNG bunker barges to FLNG units.

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