RS and GTT to cooperate on LNG technologies
French LNG containment specialist GTT has signed a cooperation agreement with Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) to meet the demands of the evolving LNG market.
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, IACS-member classification society, will work jointly with GTT towards the introduction of safe and viable membrane fuel tanks solutions for RS-classed ships while the application of LNG as fuel promotes membrane technologies for fuel tanks.
The cooperation between GTT and RS helps both parties gain knowledge of the challenges that LNG ships are facing in the Arctic conditions.
This new agreement expands on the cooperation that was initially formalised in March 2019.
Konstantin Palnikov, RS director general, said: “RS highly values our ongoing multi-faceted cooperation with GTT that benefits the whole segment of the marine LNG transportation in the Arctic. By joining our forces, we have established a solid foundation, which now includes plan approval services and knowledge exchange. We are now moving forward towards new and challenging areas to meet the market requests”.
GTT chairman and CEO, Philippe Berterottière, added: “Our partnership with RS helps to develop membrane tank solutions that meet highly demanding environmental conditions. For ships traveling to Arctic regions, we have to take into account not only traditional risks associated with open sea wave conditions but also ice loads and low ambient temperatures. That is why RS expertise in ice going ships is very valuable for us and beneficial for technologies offered by GTT”.