ABS principally approves Hudong-Zhonghua’s LNG carrier design

ABS distributes AiP for mega-sized LNG carrier

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has granted Hudong-Zhonghua (HZ) Shipyard an Approval in Principle (AiP) for its new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier design.

According to ABS, the concept has flexible dual-fuel propulsion and an air lubrication system for more environmentally friendly operations.

The design also includes selective catalytic reduction (SCR), which should cut nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and let the vessel meet International Maritime Organisation’s Tier III standards even while in diesel mode.

The combination of a more efficient hull and the use of low-carbon fuel in the fuel-efficient engine is intended to reduce the vessel’s overall carbon footprint.

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This newly constructed LNG tank has an upgraded cargo containment system as well as a real-time sloshing monitoring system, and the vessel has hull stress monitoring and an anti-collision system, both of which are not often seen on LNG carriers.

All of these steps are intended to increase the vessel’s safety and dependability.

John McDonald, ABS President and COO, said: “As the world’s premier classification society for gas carriers, with more than 50 years of experience, we are proud to support this advanced new design from Hudong-Zhonghua.

“Vessels with larger capacities and modern, efficient propulsion systems will be integral to sustainably supporting future LNG needs around the world.”

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Song Wei, Head of Technical Department, Hudong-Zhonghua, stated: “Hudong-Zhonghua is very honored to obtain this AIP for the Global Max type 271K LNGC, which brings a new, noticeable member of our G5 ever constant series family to worldwide customers.

“A Global Max type 271K LNGC will have a lower carbon intensity index (CII), about 23 per cent lower than a conventional 174K LNGC, which will enable the vessel to get longer qualified service years free of operation limitations.

“We highly appreciate ABS’ great effort in the cooperation and development of a robust solution for the LNG shipping market.”

In August 2022, Ever Alot received classification from the ABS.

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