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ABS-classed LNG carrier delivered

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ABS has announced that the Saga Dawn – the world’s first LNG carrier to be fitted with an innovative cargo containment system based on IMO requirements for independent Type A tanks – has been delivered to Saga LNG Shipping.

The ABS-classed, 45 000 m3 vessel completed three weeks of gas trials in June, and was constructed by China Merchants Heavy Industry at its Jiangsu shipyard in Haimen, China.

Eric Kleess, ABS Senior Vice President, Eastern Hemisphere Operations, said: “ABS has a track record of working with innovators in gas worldwide and we are proud that this project joins the list of successful projects.

“Innovation is essential to move our industry forward and it is our mission to work with the designers and builders to harness the benefits of these designs while keeping safety at the forefront.”

The LNT A-BOX® system was developed by LNT Marine, and features IMO independent prismatic Type A tanks as the primary containment. These tanks are supported by laminated wooded supports and a liquid-tight thermal insulation attached to the hull compartment as an independent secondary barrier.

Kjetil Sjølie Strand, CEO, LNT Marine, said: “After nearly 10 years of research and development, we are delighted to see the completion and delivery of the first LNG carrier based on our LNT A-BOX technology. We would like to thank CMHI, Saga and ABS for excellent cooperation throughout the project.”

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