HJSC rolls out new LR-approved LNG bunkering vessel design

South Korean shipbuilder HJ Shipbuilding & Construction (HJSC, formerly Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction) has developed a new LNG bunkering vessel for which it also obtained approval in principle (AiP) from classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR).

Engie Zeebrugge, now Green Zeebrugge. Courtesy of HJSC

The new 7,500 cbm LNG bunkering vessel follows the delivery of 5,200 cbm bunkering vessel, Engie Zeebrugge to Japanese shipping company NYK in 2017. In late 2020, the vessel was renamed Green Zeebrugge and in 2021, it was chartered to the Dutch company Titan.

The new vessel was designed for ship-to-ship operations and is equipped with two independent pressure-type LNG tanks certified by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to supply 7,500 cbm of LNG at once.

It also comes with a dual-fuel (LNG/MGO) propulsion system which enables manoeuvrability and operational efficiency, HJSC said. Moreover, the new LNG bunkering vessel ballast-free so it can operate without the inflow and outflow of ballast water.

In April last year, the shipbuilder revealed it developed a dual-fuel, LNG-fueled 7,700 TEU containership concept which was also approved by LR. A few months later, it received an order to build two eco-friendly containerships for an undisclosed European shipowner.

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In addition to working on the development of LNG vessels, HJSC presented its methanol-ready containership design which resulted in an order for two 9,000 TEU methanol-powered containerships from HMM in February this year.