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DNV GL releases new class notation

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DNV GL has developed a new class notation for gas bunker vessels that ensures safe fuel transfer operations from one ship to another. This notation addresses safety concerns in this field and covers gas bunker vessels design and additional requirements to support the development of gas-fuelled shipping and bunker operations in ports. The rules are flexible and include a variety of gas fuels as well as the configuration of bunker transfer systems.

In places with limited infrastructure and with demands for short turn-over times in ports, flexible ship-to-ship bunkering transfer operations are an efficient solution. DNV GL’s new class notation outlines requirements for liquefied gas carriers and barges that are equipped for carrying liquefied gas and supplying it to gas-fuelled ships on a regular basis.

Commenting on the notation, Principal Engineer at DNV GL, Yury Ilchenko, said: “Complying with DNV GL’s new class notation increases the acceptance of safe gas fuel bunkering operations by ports and local authorities and puts bunker ship owners in a stronger position in the market.”

DNV GL has also developed a GAS READY notation to prepare vessels for a potential conversion to LNG operation at the new build stage. The notation ensures that vessels are verifiably in compliance with all safety and operational requirements to meet the applicable global as well as class standards for gas-fuelled operations. It also supports owners in specifying and quantifying the level of investment they need to make.

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