New facility targets improved LNG fuel safety

LNG test facility The LNG test facility will allow shipowners to safely test fuel gas and bunkering systems. Credit: ABS
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ABS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute (KOMERI) to create a new facility dedicated to improving the safety of LNG as fuel.

The MOU, believed to be an industry first, will see the organisations collaborate on research at the Busan-based shoreside facility, which will allow shipowners to safely test fuel gas and bunkering systems, under actual loading conditions, prior to installation onboard.

“ABS is proud to partner with KOMERI on this important facility, which will help ensure safe and effective testing of new equipment and ultimately advance adoption of LNG,” said Peter Fitzpatrick, ABS vice president, global business development. “This project is another example of our commitment to advancing safety and evolution of new designs and applications for LNG as fuel.”

Multiple benefits

As well as offering safe testing, the facility will enable shipbuilders to optimise their onboard commissioning processes and provide enhanced opportunities for research and development of new technologies.

The MOU allows for an increase in the testing facility scope as relevant technologies and regulations develop in the coming years.

“The LNG FGSS and Bunkering Equipment Test Facility of KOMERI will provide certification and technical engineering aid to marine equipment companies that seek efficient advance testing technology and safe development of their equipment,” said Kong Gil-Young, KOMERI president. “KOMERI expects this will meet increasing market demand from around the world through verification and cooperation with ABS.”

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