Korean yards study LNG bunkering compatibility

LR, HHI and HMD to collaborate LR, HHI and HMD to collaborate

A new ship-to-ship LNG bunkering compatibility study is set to be produced by Lloyd’s Register (LR), Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD).

The companies have signed joint development project to review the design requirements between 6.6K LNG bunkering ships and 14K TEU LNG-fuelled container ships. It aims to be able to verify safe ship-to-ship LNG bunkering. 

Jin-Tae Lee, Ph.D, LR’s Korea chief representative and marine manager, said: “Following recent developments in major ports towards a cleaner shipping industry, stakeholders will show interest in the advantages of LNG as fuel.”

He added: “However, the uncertainty associated with LNG supply infrastructure is still an influential factor in determining the profitability of a LNG-fuelled vessel. Stakeholders need to have a clear understanding of the benefits and challenges.”

The study aims to help all stakeholders with interest in LNG as fuel to envisage a clear picture of possible options for LNG supply infrastructure. It follows LR’s previous work with LNG-fuelled ship projects with HHI and LNG bunkering ships with HMD. 

There is no existing standards or guidelines that cover the design and procedure for safe ship-to-ship LNG bunkering. But this method of bunkering is preferable for many port authorities for safe and effective port operation and also preferable for ship operators due to cost-effective convenience. 

The main objective of the project is to investigate the practicability of the LNG supply model by ship-to-ship between the typical size of 6.6K LNG bunkering ships and ultra-large container ships (ULCS).

Chang-hyun Yoon, EVP of HMD initial planning division, said: “After having developed LNG bunkering ships with LR, we are expecting to comprehensively review our design in order to identify the key points for further improvements suited for the clients’ interests and demands through this JDP, thus trying to mitigate or minimise any potential issues which the operators can encounter during real operational situations.”

LR, HHI and HMD do plan to expand this study for other ship types in the future, including VLCC and Suezmax, following the completion of ULCS study.

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