American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has awarded an approval in principle (AIP) to Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding’s new liquefied natural gas carrier (LNGC).

The 174,000m³ LNGC is equipped with a GTT MARK III Flex membrane cargo containment system.

The AIP will enable Hudong-Zhonghua to use both GTT membrane containment systems, MARK III Flex and NO 96 series to meet different requirements of their clients throughout the operational life of the LNGC.

Hudong-Zhonghua vice-president Chi Benbing said: “Working with ABS through the AIP process, we have demonstrated our ability to meet our clients’ requirements for more efficient LNG vessel design.”

Based in China, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding is a fully owned subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding.

“ABS continues to review advanced LNG designs, drawing on our extensive experience in safe handling, storage and transport of gas.”

The company manufactures ships for both civilian and military use.

ABS Europe Regional Business Development vice-president Vassilios Kroustallis said: “ABS continues to review advanced LNG designs, drawing on our extensive experience in safe handling, storage and transport of gas.”

In December, ABS granted an AIP to Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) for its LNG power vessel.

The vessel is designed in compliance with the necessary requirements of ABS Rules and International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations.

It is equipped with an LNG receiver, storage, re-gasification, electric power generation and transmission, with 32,000m³ LNG storage tank volume and 100MW power capacity.