ClassNK grants AIP for 7,500-cbm LNG bunkering vessel
Japan’s classification society ClassNK issued the approval in principle for a 7,500-cbm LNG bunkering vessel designed by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction.
The choice of LNG as ship fuel has become increasingly prevalent in the industry and is expected to become one of a primary source of fuel in the near future, the classification society said in a statement.
However, LNG fueled vessels are currently largely dependent on existing infrastructure comprised mainly of fixed bunker locations, potentially limiting their operations.
HHIC and ClassNK cooperated on the project aiming to improve the viability of LNG bunker vessel technology.
The AIP for the design that employs type-C bi-lobe tanks was granted after confirming the design complies with ClassNK’s rules and guidance for the survey and construction of steel ships.
This AIP allows the design to be considered for further individual projects, where tests on the hull structure scantling and direct stress analyses will be carried out to ensure the structural integrity of each specific design is in line with class rules and the international code for the construction and equipment of ships carrying liquefied gasses in bulk.