International classification society DNV GL has initiated a follow-up of the successful LNGreen project, which in July last year delivered a state-of-the-art next-generation LNG carrier concept using LNG as the primary vessel fuel and which was subsequently awarded the CWC LNG Technical Innovation Award for 2015. The joint development project will continue this work by seeking to further increase the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the concept.
The original partners — GTT, GasLog, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and DNV GL — will all continue their engagement in the new project, signalling confidence that LNG will continue to build presence both as an international energy source and as a cleaner, viable fuel for propulsion that enables vessels to meet the demanding emissions compliance incumbent upon all future shipping.
DNV GL explains that, by continuing to investigate new technologies and improve the integrated systems and machinery configurations and the containment system, the project seeks to bring a ready-to-build concept to the market realizing the potential savings in actual operation.
The first LNG Carrier project produced a vessel design that is approximately eight per cent more energy efficient and has increased its cargo volume capacity by five per cent.
“The fact that all partners have agreed to contribute to continued innovation is a confirmation of the achievements in the first project and a proof of the positive cooperation between leading players in the industry,” commented DNV GL project manager Daniel Nordås. “The mutual trust built over the course of the first project also forms a solid base to drive innovative solutions to the market for the benefit of builders, owners and operators.”
The project is due for completion by the end of this year.
(Source: DNV GL)