Partners embark on port LNG bunker design
ABS has signed a pioneering Joint Development Program (JDP) with probunkers to provide technical support as it embarks on designing a fleet of specialist LNG bunker vessels for key ports around the world.
Based in Athens, probunkers aims to design, build, own and operate a fleet of LNG supply vessels in seven ports initially: Houston; Rotterdam (or, alternatively, Antwerp); Gibraltar; Singapore; Hong Kong; Busan and Fujairah.
“Our vision is to become the premier global bunker supplier of LNG. Our collaboration with ABS will play a key role in realizing our ambition to build a reliable global-scale bunkering network that will support the future of Sustainable Shipping and Green Energy,” said Alexander Prokopakis, probunkers Chief Executive, probunkers.
ABS will work with probunkers to provide regulatory compliance guidance for the fleet as well as define applicable rules and standards.
It will also identify technical and operational challenges and advise on technological solutions in a range of areas including, but not limited to, capacity, dimensions of the vessels in relation to port restrictions, required power and speed, propulsion and maneuvering systems.
Suitability analysis of available technologies for cargo containment, LNG Handling & Transfer Systems and Boil-Off Handling Systems is also a significant aspect of the JDP.
ABS launched its Global Gas Solutions team in 2013 to support industry in developing gas-related projects.
The ABS Global Gas Solutions team provides industry leadership, offering guidance in LNG floating structures and systems, gas fuel systems and equipment, gas carriers, and regulatory and statutory requirements.
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