SHI Builds 1st LNG-Fueled Ships with Its Own Technology

South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) informed it has successfully constructed its first LNG-fueled vessels with the shipbuilder’s own technology.

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The LNG-powered 113,000 dwt oil tanker pair delivered to an Asian shipowner early this year just completed the first bunkering at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, SHI said on April 29.

The two newbuilds, which have begun their operation as eco-friendly vessels, are the first LNG-fueled ships SHI built at its yard.

The order was received at the end of 2015, and the ships were delivered in January and February 2019.

One of the main features of the two tankers is that they are fitted with “S-Fugas”, an LNG supply system developed by SHI. As explained by the shipbuilder, the system can eliminate SOx emissions by 99%, NOx by 85% and CO2 by 25%.

An additional feature is Intelliman ship software, an integrated smart ship solution which helps further increase operational safety of the vessels with its real-time monitoring function.

SHI’s own LNG propulsion technology has helped it secure orders for ten LNG-fueled ships from international shipowners to date this year, the shipbuilder revealed.

According to Yong-Lae Shim, Vice President of Ship & Offshore Research Institute at SHI, the shipbuilder has set its full products lineup for LNG from FLNG, LNG carriers, LNG bunkering vessels, to LNG-fueled vessels.

“SHI will continue working towards even better quality and costs by using more local vendors for materials and equipment and upgrading the system performance,” Shim said.