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LR to class new LNG-fuelled ships for German Federal Administration

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Shipbuilders, in agreement with Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau BAW, have appointed Lloyd’s Register (LR) as the classification society for two new 95 m multi-role ships.

The German Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration awarded this complex project to Abeking & Rasmussen Schiffs- und Yachtwerft SE. The shipbuilders, in agreement with Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau BAW, subsequently appointed LR as the classification society for the ships.

These next generation vessels will be capable of performing a number of tasks, such as emergency towing, fire-fighting, buoy tendering as well as oil recovery and chemical recovery operations. One of the many innovations is the ship’s propulsion concept, which uses LNG as a single fuel.

LR Hamburg office will provide dedicated technical support relating to the complex regulatory framework for these multi-functional ships. Early design screening of the LNG fuel gas system layout together with many more independent verifications of the initial design concept were performed prior to the final award of the classification contract to LR.

Due to the ship’s variety of special duties the system design and onboard integration is complex. For chemical recovery operations the ships are designed for a gas safe operation using a citadel concept to protect the crew from hazardous substances. The combination of an LNG propulsion concept with the special operational duties listed above makes these ships novel with unique features.

Markus Büsig, LR’s M&O President for North Europe, said: “LR welcomes the opportunity to support Abeking & Rasmussen and their client with these two next-generation vessels. This is a significant achievement for the LR team as these ships will push the boundaries of flexibility and innovation.”

The ship’s design and engineering phase is underway and construction scheduled to begin in 2021 with the ships due to be delivered in 2023.

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