DNV GL and Keppel to cooperate on LNG as fuel

DNV GL and Keppel's collaborative office will be located at KMDTech Singapore, with Keppel O&M’s yards (pictured) to provide project execution. (credit: Keppel) DNV GL and Keppel's collaborative office will be located at KMDTech Singapore, with Keppel O&M’s yards (pictured) to provide project execution. (credit: Keppel)
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DNV GL and Singapore shipyard Keppel Offshore & Marine's technology subsidiary have signed a framework agreement to promote the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel within the maritime and offshore industry.

The framework agreement involves working together on newbuilding projects, using DNV GL's advanced simulation tools to optimise machinery and systems configuration, and engaging with the broader LNG supply chain in Singapore and more widely to promote uptake of the fuel.

“The signing of this agreement signifies another milestone in the close partnership between DNV GL as the leading classification society for LNG ships and offshore assets, and Keppel Offshore & Marine, a world leader in conversion projects for FSRUs and floating liquefied natural gas vessels (FLNGVs) as well as for newbuilding of small-scale LNG carriers and LNG bunker vessels,” said Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria, DNV GL’s Regional Manager for South East Asia, Pacific and India.

Abu Bakar Mohd Nor, Managing Director of Keppel O&M for Gas and Specialised Vessels, said: “We are pleased to partner with DNV GL in developing a suite of LNG related vessels that are ready to meet the needs of the market as the adoption of LNG as ship fuel increases. Working with DNV GL enables us to demonstrate the strength of our vessel designs and the viability of LNG for ship owners. We have a strong track record in delivering LNG solutions including the first FLNGV conversion as well as LNG fuelled vessels.”

The initial focus will be for DNV GL to issue Approval in Principle (AiP) certificates for two 7,500 cbm LNG bunker vessel designs from Keppel's design subsidiary KMDTech.

The two LNG bunker vessel designs from KMDTech are for dual-fuel 7,500 cbm small-scale LNG carriers with bunkering capabilities. The vessels employ an optimised deck arrangement for the modular LNG gas supply, filling and safety systems increases the cargo capacity and efficiency of the vessels. They are equipped with engines that can run on both diesel and LNG, and will also have a class notation for bunkering which enables the provision of LNG bunkering services if required.

The agreement forms part of an expected increase in demand for LNG. In light of the upcoming IMO 2020 SOx regulations, LNG as marine fuel is viewed as one of the most viable options for deep-sea shipping. DNV GL’s Maritime Forecast to 2050, part of the research behind the DNV GL Energy Transition Outlook 2018, projects that more than 10 per cent of the world’s shipping fleet will be powered by LNG by 2030, compared to less than 0.3 per cent in 2019. The report anticipates that LNG powered vessels will make up 23 per cent of the world’s fleet by 2050.

In order to support this growth, an upgrade of LNG bunkering infrastructure is needed. “One of the objectives of our collaboration with Keppel is to facilitate the increased supply of LNG bunkering infrastructure by being future ready through design approvals of different sizes of LNG bunker vessels, and LNG-related assets such as small-scale LNG carriers and FSRU,” said Johan Peter Tutturen, Business Director Gas Carriers in DNV GL.

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