South Korea-based shipbuilding company Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) has received approval in principle (AiP) for a 6,600m³ liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel design from Lloyd’s Register (LR).
The vessel’s design is based on Zeebrugge LNG terminal requirements.
Compliant with the requirements of the revised International Code of the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code), the new design will supply both small scale and the existing maximum expected requirements for large ships trading across the globe.
The new design includes two cylindrical type C tanks, a reliquefaction plant, a new loading arm, as well as high manoeuvrability for safe operations.
The bunker vessel design is offered in both single and twin screw, with different propeller options.
HMD initial planning division EVP Chang-hyun Yoon said: "We have steadfastly invested in developing the wide variety of gas ship design not only to respond quickly to the market demand and but also to lead the market.
"For this reason, we have prepared three prototype of 6,600m³ (single or twin screw) and 15,000m³ Class Dual Fuelled LNG Bunkering vessels targeting to operate in Zeebrugge small LNG terminal for LNG fuel in order to develop a global market for the LNG bunkering business."
The company noted that the 6,600m³ bunkering vessel is designed to include two cylindrical tanks and a no-bulbous bow shape, and the 15,000m³ version has three bi-lobe tanks and a bulbous bow.
Equipped with one set of re-liquefaction plants, a gas combustion unit and different combinations of thrusters, flap rudder, both the bunkering vessels are completely compliant with NOx Tier III at gas mode.
HMD has already developed small scale LNG carriers ranging from 10,000m³ to 30,000m³, since large scale LNG carriers are not suitable for short voyages and small LNG terminals.
Lloyd’s Register marine and offshore innovation director Luis Benito said: "As LNG fuelled shipping develops we need to make sure that the risks are being addressed from the very start. The scale of these requirements and need to understand the risks are being supported by our rigorous approaches to identifying and managing risk.
"Our stakeholders; shipbuilders, shipowners, ports, terminals and regulators, and society, need assurance that those risks are being properly addressed as LNG infrastructure now moves into the big time.
"This involves meeting international standards and LR has been leading the way in the internationalisation of LNG fuelled infrastructure."
With a workforce of over 9,000 employees across the globe, LR serves more than 60,000 clients and helps the marine industry to develop capability and designs across the gas shipping field.