Crucial stage passed for first LPG ferry
The ‘world’s first’ Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) fuelled ferry designed to use GE’s Combined Gas turbine Electric and Steam (COGES) system has successfully completed Hazard Identification (HAZID) meetings.
This unique ferry design is the brain child of a consortium that includes Youngsung Global, DINTEC, Korea LPG Industry Association, GE’s Marine Solutions and Far East Ship Design & Engineering Co. (FESDEC).
“These meetings took place over a three-day period in Busan and are a crucial tool used to identify hazards and safeguards at the early ship design stage,” said Brien Bolsinger, GE’s Vice President, Marine Operations.
“The consortium will proceed with securing a shipbuilding contract and will seek Approval in Principle to further validate the safety of the ship design including the COGES propulsion system and the LPG fuel supply.”
Traditionally, a new ship design undergoes a series of processes from research and development to ship architecture and design, HAZID and AIP certification and finally onto contracts with the shipyard and suppliers.
Meeting HAZID requirements is considered a key milestone in ensuring the final success of the LPG COGES ferry design process.
Increased use of LPG worldwide has made this exciting ferry project feasible. The ship is designed to ensure both economic benefits and environmental performances, with lower fuel costs and no sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions.
GE’s compact and lightweight COGES system will provide all ship power, including propulsion.
The gas turbines meet International Maritime Organization Tier III and United States Environmental Protection Agency Tier 4 standards now without exhaust after treatment and no methane slip.
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