This new notation comes when the IGF Code is practically
finalised and with the imminent introduction of sulphur limits and growing
infrastructure and production capability for LNG as a fuel. The new notation is
said to provide a clear picture of the level of LNG-fuelled preparedness of a
shipowner’s vessel, as well as guidance on the scope of the contemplated work
to all parties involved in a newbuild.
“We developed the new Gas Ready
notation based on the experience we have gained from our LNG Ready service as
well as the 50 LNG fuelled vessels we already have in class with our Gas
Fuelled notation”, said Torill Grimstad Osberg, head of section for LNG cargo
handling and piping systems, DNV GL.
“This new notation enables owners to
ensure that a future LNG fuelled version of the vessel complies with the
relevant safety and operational requirements, while also being very useful in
helping owners specify and quantify the level of investment they are making at
the newbuilding stage,” he added.
The basic notation with nominators D
and MEc – GAS READY (D, MEc) – verifies that the vessel is in compliance with
the gas fuelled rules in terms of its overall design for future LNG fuel
operations and that the main engine can be converted or operate on gas fuel.
In addition, the owner can choose to
add extra optional levels to the newbuilding under the notation. These cover
selections such as structural reinforcements and the choice of correct
materials to support future LNG tanks (S), preparations for future gas fuel
systems (P), certification and installation of LNG fuel tanks (T), and the
installation of machinery, which can be converted gas fuel, or which is already
capable of burning gas fuel - putting the vessel further along the LNG track
and thereby speeding and simplifying a later conversion.