South Korea-based Hyundai Heavy Industries has announced that it will build a floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) to Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) class.

The carrier is being built for OOO Gazprom Flot, with delivery to the customer scheduled for the end of 2017.

RS planning and marketing division head Georgy Bedrik stated that the FSRU distinguishes itself from the other gas carriers classified to the RS rules by featuring the LNG regasification system, systems for LNG loading from other LNG carriers as well as export of the regasified product to shore.

The FSRU ships can be used to supply gas to consumers avoiding the phase of cargo handling at onshore regasification terminals.

Additionally, the time invested in constructing the FSRU and its commissioning works is reported to be less than constructing an onshore LNG terminal.

"The reported adherence of the ships to the classified RS rules enables the organisation to undertake survey of ships of any complexity."

Bedrik further stated that the FSRU classification is a follow-up of the RS classification activities for LNG carrier’s construction being carried out since 2011.

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The reported adherence of the ships to the classified RS rules enables the organisation to undertake survey of ships of any complexity, including high-tech vessels to transport hydrocarbons in the Arctic.

The 287m-long and 46.4m b-wide vessel will be shielded with anti-ice protection to ensure operation continuity even in temperatures as low as -30 degrees.

RS, during the construction of the FSRU, will undertake its survey to determine its compliance with the RS classified rules, as well as other applicable national and international requirements.

Image: An image of an FSRU carrier, Independence. Photo: courtesy of MasiulisJonas1.