Samsung to develop gas carrier design

The JDP was signed at Nor-Shipping The JDP was signed at Nor-Shipping

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and DNV GL have signed a new partnership to develop new LNG carrier designs.

The Joint Development Agreement (JDP) was signed by Mun-Keun Ha, senior executive vice president of SHI, and Tommy Bjørnsen, DNV GL’s regional manager maritime Korea & Japan, during Nor-Shipping.

“The present business environment requires that the shipping industry moves further towards eco-friendly operations due to environmental concerns, recent international regulations, as well as rises in fuel oil prices,” said Mun-Keun Ha.

“As leaders in reacting to new market trends in their specialized fields, this new joint development project between DNV GL and SHI will improve the business strategies of both parties.”

The JDP aims to develop two 30K LNG carrier designs, one with membrane type LNG tanks and one with type-C (pressurised) LNG tanks. The scope covers the design review, safety analysis, market research, various structural and safety evaluations, and if successful will culminate in the award of an Approval in Principle (AiP) from DNV GL.

Mr Bjørnsen, said: “Offering owners and operators more options to manage their operations more efficiently and sustainably is important in today’s extremely competitive market. We look forward to the further development of the design and its future success.”

The idea for a 30K LNG carrier originates from SHI's own research. SHI decided to develop both membrane and type C designs in parallel to give owners more options and expects that some owners may opt for type-C tanks on smaller tonnage, as is common in LNG bunkering vessels.

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