Kongsberg Maritime, the marine division of international technology developer Kongsberg, has received an order from South Korean ship owner, Ilshin Shipping Company to supply a full integrated automation solution for a newbuild 50,000 DWT Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-fuelled bulk carrier. That solution includes the first delivery of Kongsberg’s new Fuel Gas Supply System (FGSS).
The new bulk carrier will be built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and is scheduled for delivery during the fourth quarter of 2017. It is the first dual-fuel merchant vessel to be built in South Korea.
Ilshin’s new bulk carrier signals the beginnings of a move towards LNG bunkering in the far east, driven by the lower cost of fuel and the need for more environmentally friendly vessel operation, in addition to new mandatory requirements for cleaner shipping through Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA) and Emission Control Areas (ECA).
An AutoChief 600 propulsion control system will be integrated with the Kongsberg FGSS to ensure seamless control of the main Fuel Gas valve, propulsion and main engine.
“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. 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,” said Morten Stanger, Vice President, Merchant Marine Sales, Kongsberg Maritime.
(Source: Kongsberg Maritime)
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