LNG propulsion experts in bulk carrier project
A joint development project to equip dry bulk carriers with LNG propulsion has been launched by Athens-based owner Arista Shipping, Deltamarin, GTT and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).
Project Forward aims to develop a commercially feasible LNG-powered dry bulk carrier design capable of complying with International Maritime Organization’s Energy Efficiency Design Index 2025 standards, NOx Tier III and Marpol Annex VI SOx emission levels.
“Project Forward aims to become a milestone for the shipping industry and in particular for owners and operators of cargo ships,” said Arista Shipping principal Alexander P. Panagopulos. “Owners must decide within the next five to ten years whether gas as fuel is a practical means of compliance with lower emissions standards and this project will enable all of us to understand its feasibility.”
The concept design will be based on Deltamarin’s B.Delta design, suitable for ships of 82,000-210,000dwt. It will employ GTT’s membrane-type LNG tanks for fuel containment.
Deltamarin managing director Mika Laurilehto added: “Compliance with stricter environmental regulations has led owners to consider the potential of using LNG as fuel for cargo vessel newbuildings. There is a clear need to turn this potential into a proven solution for the dry bulk carriers that make up such a large proportion of the world fleet.”
The project will address the existing dry bulk fleet by developing a modularized LNG fuel retrofit solution. ABS will conduct concept and detail design approvals according to its rules for bulk carriers and gas-powered ships.
Patrick Janssens, vice president of global gas solutions at ABS noted: “ABS has gained valuable insights from real-world experience classing the world’s first deepsea ships powered by LNG. Our work with owners, designers and shipyards on LNG as fuel and LNG-ready projects brings unique value to Project Forward in enabling the safe adoption of this new fuel type.”
"It is time for the shipping industry to move forward and embrace the potential of gas-fuelled merchant ships,” concluded GTT vice president LNG as fuel division, Jacques Danton. "At this time, we can recognise market leaders launching LNG projects now in order to be the first on the learning curve. During the ramp up phase of LNG as fuel, autonomy will be a key feature for integrated solutions as provided by membrane technology”.
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