DNV GL has awarded the approval in principle (AIP) to Daehan Shipbuilding (DHSC) for a new design of small-size liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers in the range of 5,000 dwt – 7,000 dwt.

Earlier, DNV GL and DHSC worked together in a joint development project (JDP) on small-size LPG carriers, using LPG as dual energy.

DHSC developed new ship designs while DNV GL reviewed both the basic and detailed designs according to the relevant rules and regulations.

For enhancing the design development, DNV GL also provided technical assistance and recommendations.

DHSC president and CEO Dae-Seong Jeong said: “With the designs verified by DNV GL, we are now able to offer our expanded shipbuilding capabilities to the market. The vessels will be future-proof from an environmental perspective and meet the growing demand from shipowners for efficient small-scale LPG carriers.”

DNV GL Korea and Japan regional manager Vidar Dolonen said: “We are pleased to award the AIP to DHSC, which assures that the design of these new LPG carriers complies with class rules and the relevant regulations. Our close cooperation was key to the development of this new ship type for DHSC.

“Having successfully worked together on prior projects like Daehan’s first Suezmax tanker and their shuttle tanker series we wish the yard best of luck with the new LPC carrier design and look forward to continuing the good collaboration in the future.”