Norway-based Kongsberg Maritime has been contracted to provide a fully integrated automation solution for a new 50,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled bulk carrier.

The automation solution includes Kongsberg’s new fuel gas supply system (FGSS), as well as a K-Chief 600 alarm, monitoring and control system.

It also includes an AutoChief 600 propulsion control system, bearing wear monitoring system (BWCM), emergency shutdown system (ESDS), and a K-Gauge fuel tank monitoring solution.

"Our systems make new solutions like Fuel Gas Supply Systems a viable option for more vessel types."

Planned to be built at South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, the vessel will be delivered by the last quarter of next year to South Korean shipowner, Ilshin Shipping Company.

Once completed, the vessel will be the first dual-fuel merchant vessel to be built in South Korea.

Kongsberg Maritime merchant marine sales vice-president Morten Stanger said: "Kongsberg Maritime has an established long-term relationship with Hyundai Heavy Industries and we are keen to support its shift towards building ‘Green Ships' to comply with new ECA/SECA requirements.

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“Our diverse portfolio of integrated technology is designed to make shipping more efficient.

“Our systems make new solutions like Fuel Gas Supply Systems a viable option for more vessel types, enabling more shipowners to save money on bunkering costs and the shipping industry to reduce its overall environmental footprint.”

By selecting LNG bunkering, Ilshin seeks to reduce fuel cost and make its fleet compliant with new mandatory requirements for cleaner shipping through sulphur emission control areas (SECA) and emission control areas (ECA).

Last month, Kongsberg Maritime said that it had been selected by Cammell Laird as the primary supplier to provide acoustic scientific research and mapping equipment for Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) new polar research vessel.

Image: An existing bulk carrier of Ilshin Shipping Company. Photo: courtesy of Ilshin Shipping Company.