LNG carrier concept project
DNV GL is leading a new joint industry project to design a new next generation LNG carrier in conjunction with Gaztransport & Technigaz, Hyundai Heavy Industries and GasLog.
The aim is to develop a carrier which has a significantly improved environmental footprint which is more energy efficient and is therefore better suited to future trading patterns.
“Recent technological developments make this a good time to look forward to new a new generation of ships,” said Martin Davies, project manager, DNV GL.
DNV GL said it will use its COSSMOS power management design computer platform and hull optimisation software to develop the vessel.
It will look at significant advances in speed-range flexibility, hull form and boil-off rate for the new vessel.
The other partners will be involved in incorporating the latest technology advances into the new vessel in terms of cargo containment and propulsion efficiency.
The project is due to be completed by the end of 2014.
DNV GL has made no bones about the LNG market being the way that the industry is headed.
Last month DNV GL launched a new Recommended Practice (RP) on LNG Bunkering in the Middle East & South Asia.
The organisation said it has witnessed a significant change in the shipping industry’s opinion of the use of LNG as a marine fuel. A few weeks ago, the milestone of 100 LNG-fuelled ships in operation or as confirmed newbuilds was also reached.
But DNV GL said that whilst these developments are impressive, the development of international standardisation has lagged behind.
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