ABS launches unmanned LNG tank barges guide

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) released its ‘Guide for Building and Classing Liquefied Gas Tank Barges with Remote Control and Monitoring of Essential Systems.

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The guide provides requirements for the design and construction of barges equipped with various degrees of automation, remote control and monitoring of essential systems supporting cargo management. The barges may be unattended and controlled primarily from the towing vessel’s navigation bridge, ABS said in its statement.

Gas as fuel has become an increasingly popular option for many shipowners looking to comply with environmental regulations and gain new operational efficiencies.

Liquefied gas tank barges are key to help expand the LNG supply chain and advance adoption of LNG as fuel, ABS noted.

“We are focused on developing practical guidance and solutions that respond to the challenges faced by owners and operators while ushering in new concepts and advancing the latest technologies,” said Patrick Janssens, vice president, ABS Global Gas Solutions.

The guide is intended to be used in conjunction with the ABS Rules for Building and Classing Steel Barges, ABS Rules for Building and Classing Marine Vessels and the ABS Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels for Service on Rivers and Intracoastal Waterways.