Chinese shipyard Jiangnan has received an Approval in Principle (AiP) from classification society DNV GL for a 93,000m³ ethane carrier design named PANDA E.

The environmentally friendly design was developed by China’s Jiangnan Shipyard in partnership with GTT, DNV GL and unnamed equipment manufacturers.

Jiangnan Shipyard Group chief engineer Hu Keyi said: “We have completed China’s first Mark III / Mark III Flex model tanks and moved into the membrane-type liquefied gas carrier market.

“With this latest AiP, we have laid a solid foundation for introducing this ship type to the market and will further enrich our product portfolio in gas carriers and gas-fuelled ship types, which will benefit our clients and, at the same time, reduce emissions.

“Both Jiangnan and DNV GL will gain from the deeper and broader cooperation that this AiP represents.”

“Both Jiangnan and DNV GL will gain from the deeper and broader cooperation that this AiP represents.”

The new carrier will feature GTT’s reinforced Mark III cargo containment system with a design temperature of -104°C.

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It will also be equipped with four standard cargo holds with a total capability of 93,000m³ to carry ethane, ethylene and liquid petroleum gas (LPG).

A number of hull form optimisations have been carried out to significantly reduce the vessel’s fuel consumption.

The vessel will feature a dual-fuel ethane/fuel oil main propulsion system with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to comply with International Maritime Organization (IMO) NOx Tier III requirements.

The vessel’s design also includes several new features such as a deck tank, shaft generator, an ‘LNG Ready’ concept and a ballast water treatment system certified by the US Coast Guard (USCG) to meet new regulations.

Earlier this month, DNV GL awarded an AiP to Jiangnan Shipyard for a 175,000m³ LNG carrier design with a GTT MK III Flex Cargo Containment System called LNG JUMBO.