ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to the Marine Design & Research Institute of China (MARIC), a subsidiary company of China State Shipbuilding Corporation group, for an LNG-fuelled 210,000 DWT bulk carrier of novel design.
MARIC is developing a 294m Newcastlemax bulker with an LNG fuel system consisting of a bilobe type C tank with about 6000 cubic meter capacity, located on the aft deck. The bilobe design assists to maximise fuel storage in the available deck space.
“Working with ABS we are demonstrating the viability of our first LNG fuel system to power a large bulk carrier. This AIP is an important first step to incorporate LNG as fuel and further develop our bulk design, which specifies an on-deck fuel tank system enabling extensive dual-fuel capability without compromising cargo storage capacity,” said a MARIC spokesperson.
In granting this AIP, ABS conducted a preliminary engineering plan review and considers that the conceptual engineering is feasible for the intended application and is, in principle, in compliance with the ABS Steel Vessel Rules 2018 and IMO IGF Code.