ABS has confirmed that the ABS classed Diamond Gas Orchid, the world’s first ‘Sayaringo STaGE’ next generation LNG carrier, has been delivered to Diamond LNG Shipping, a joint venture between Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK).
“As a global leader in LNG, ABS is proud to support continued innovation in the sector and help advance another industry first,” said ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer, Jamie Smith. “With newly designed cargo tanks and a hybrid propulsion, this next generation carrier can carry more LNG and minimise fuel costs.”
Ordered by Diamond LNG Shipping through MI LNG Company, Ltd., constructed by Nagasaki-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Structure Co., Ltd., and delivered by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., the innovative carrier introduces significant improvements in both LNG carrying capacity and fuel performance by incorporating a more efficient hull structure and an innovative hybrid propulsion system. The vessel is intended for operation in Louisiana, transporting LNG for the Cameron LNG project.
“The Diamond Gas Orchid features the latest in marine innovation with its optimised transport capacity, fuel efficiency, and environmental performance,” said ABS Vice President for Japan, Akira Akiyama. “Working closely with all of the stakeholders throughout the project, we were able to help Diamond LNG Shipping demonstrate the viability of the concept and develop a highly efficient and innovative vessel.”
The Diamond Gas Orchid has a continuous steel cover that reduces ship weight and air resistance while increasing LNG carrying capacity. STaGE, an acronym derived from "Steam Turbine and Gas Engines," is a hybrid propulsion system combining a steam turbine and engines fired by gas. Efficient use of the engines' waste heat in the steam turbine results in substantial improvement in plant efficiency, enabling high-efficiency navigation throughout a full range of speeds. Diamond Gas Orchid is the first Sayaringo STaGE vessel to have both the next generation LNG cargo tank structure and propulsion system.
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