DNV GL Approves World’s First LNG-fuelled Tanker Design

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Classification society DNV GL and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) have celebrated the shipyard gaining the first approval in principle (AIP) worldwide for designs for an LNG-fuelled Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), staging a presentation at the Marintec show in China.

Design Highlights:

  • DSIC’s innovative new design complies with DNV GL’s gas-fuelled notation in its rules for classification of ships and the recently adopted IGF Code
  • The shipyard has developed an LNG-fuelled VLCC design to use type C fuel tanks on the open deck, minimising the impact on layout and cargo capacity
  • LNG also eliminates particulates and SOx and cuts CO2emissions
  • The dual-fuel design gives greater flexibility in bunkering options and ensures the vessel meets IMO NOx Tier III requirements in gas-fuel mode

DNV GL vice-president and regional manager Greater China Torgeir Sterri said: “This AIP is another step towards the more widespread adoption of LNG as a fuel for shipping. The emissions and efficiency benefits of LNG mean it is almost sure to become an important part of the fuel mix over the next few years.”

“We have seen its adoption in many sectors already and now with this AIP, the world’s first for a VLCC, this major shipping sector could see its first LNG-fuelled vessel soon.”

Source: Mpropulsion