ClassNK Guidelines for CNG Carriers

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ClassNK Leading Japanese classification society has released its Guidelines for Compressed Natural Gas Carriers.

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Noboru Ueda Chairman and President of ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Compressed Natural Gas Carriers at a press meet in Tokyo.  The Current International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code) outlines safety requirements for LNG carriers. It doesn’t cover the international safety rules for CNG carriers.

According to a press release, the guidelines cover “safety requirements applicable to CNG carriers based on the IGC Code,” design and construction safety in addition to “requirements taking specific hazards arising from the handling of CNG into consideration.”

Global economic and population growth is bringing about increased energy production and consumption. CEDIGAZ, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to natural gas information reveals a latest forecast that, global natural gas demand will grow 1.8% a year from 2013 to 2035.  The largest portion of such growth comes from Asia-Oceania and the Middle East. Natural gas’s share in the world primary energy supply is projected to increase from 21.3% to 23.6% over the same period.  As the demand and supply of natural gas increases, the volume of transportation of natural gas will also expand.

The Guidelines for Compressed Natural Gas Carriers are available on the ClassNK website.

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