Spanish engineering and technology group SENER Group has been granted Approval in Principle (AiP) Certificates by DNV GL for a LNG-fuelled bunkering vessel. The new design has been found to comply with DNV GL class rules and all current and upcoming regulations, including the new emission control regulations and the IGF Code for fuel with a low flashpoint.
The global quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL has issued two separate AiPs, covering the new design of the SENER LNG Bunkering Vessels (LBV) family which consists of a small unit having a bunker capacity of 4,000 m3 and a “big brother” having bunkering capacity of 8,000 m3.
Mr. Rafael de Góngora, General Manager of Marine at SENER, stated: “We have focused our design on the optimization of the cost, safety, efficiency and bunkering processes, by minimizing Opex and Capex, reducing the risks during loading and bunkering operation, and managing and reducing the boil off.”
He added: “LNG is emerging in several ship sectors and has a great potential but should be accomplished by the necessary port facilities and infrastructure capable of providing a quick and efficiency gas refueling, in which LNG bunkering vessels will play an important role. SENER, with this project, will contribute to make this potential becoming a reality.”
“We were very pleased to have worked on this innovative design with SENER. It offers our customers a flexible, safe and future-proof solution as well as the opportunity to facilitate LNG bunkering, while at the same time contributing to the decarbonization of the maritime industry and further elimination of the emission of greenhouse gases,” said Mr. Lucas Ribeiro, DNV GL Area Manager Iberia & France. “We are delighted to have been able to support SENER in the development of the innovative LBV concept.”
The approval process has paid special attention, on top of the traditional topics such as hull structure, stability, etc., to the most innovating items of the project related to cargo handling, (liquid and vapour), hazardous zones and risk assessment, mooring arrangement and quick release, manifold, transfer arms and hoses as well as boil-off.
The AiP Certificates were delivered at DNV GL’s Madrid office in a brief ceremony attended by SENER and DNV GL representatives.