RS Approves Gaz-Ice LNG Tanker Design for Gazprom (Russia)

RS Approves Gaz-Ice LNG Tanker Design for Gazprom M&T

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping has completed Approval in Principal of technical documentation for the LNG tanker that will form the basis of the LNG carrier fleet to meet the future needs of Gazprom Group.

The approved type of the ship (project name – “Gaz-Ice”) in some respects, exceeds the characteristics of four state-of-the-art LNG carriers of “Velikiy Novgorod” series, currently under construction in South Korea for Gazprom Marketing and Trading (GM&T) and Shell under the supervision of RS and Lloyd’s Register.

As required by GM&T, two alternative designs were developed and approved, with a dual fuel diesel-electric engine (DFDE) and with two-stroke low-speed engines equipped with a sophisticated gas injection system (ME-GI) which, according to calculations, allow to reduce fuel consumption more than twofold as compared with a “conventional” steam power plants.

Membrane type cargo tanks of “Gaz-Ice” with capacity of about 170,000 m3 will enable the transportation of different LNG cargo sizes and a significant boil off rate reduction owing to the use of new technologies that increase the strength and thermal insulating properties of the membrane.

“The design that has been approved by RS was developed by Korean shipbuilders together with the world’s leading shipowners and LNG carrier operators. It reflects the latest advances in gas carrier design and construction, in particular, it boasts a main propulsion plant and cargo system of outstanding efficiency. The design meets the highest environmental requirements (ECO-S notation), provides for a set of measures and equipment for operation at low temperature (Winterization (-30) notation) and Arc4 ice class which allows to use the ship for transportation of liquefied gas along the Northern Sea Route,” said Pavel Shikhov, RS Chief Operating Officer and Head of Classification and Development Directorate.

“The demand of Gazprom Group and other Russian companies for a cost-effective and environmentally friendly tanker fleet for trading and export operations require a comprehensive approach based on a combination of innovation, best achievements of the international shipbuilding science and, practice and an increase in the ‘Russian content’ in the construction of these ships. GM&T’s successful experience in the commercial operation of LNG carriers, the current construction of “Velikiy Novgorod” and “Pskov” gas carriers with our strategic partners ОАО “Sovcomflot” and RS, as well as the development of “Gaz-Ice” allowed us both to define the basis for the future gas-carrying fleet of the Group and to initiate the process of preparing for the construction of these ships in Russia by 2018,” said Mr. Nikolai Grigoriev, Director of Global Shipping and Logistics of Gazprom Marketing & Trading.

Approval of a modern gas carrier design for Gazprom Group is an important step to strengthen the RS position in the area of classification of high-tech ships made as part of ongoing enhancement of marine gas transportation expertise in RS.

The potential gained by RS in marine transportation of gas enables it to participate in prospective large-scale gas carrier construction projects. Further dynamic capacity building is a solid basis for strengthening RS positions on the classification services market in the sector of high-tech ships for LNG transportation.

LNG World News Staff, January 31, 2013; Image: Gazprom