International classification society RINA has been authorised by the Danish Maritime Authority to act on its behalf to carry out plan approval and surveillance during construction on board ships using LNG as marine fuel. The authorisation is valid for ships flying the Danish Flag.
Andrea Cogliolo, head of innovation at RINA Services, said that the authorisation recognised RINA’s expertise with gas and enabled the society to assist in the newbuilding and conversion of ships to LNG as fuel. “We believe there will be a rapid and accelerating switch to LNG as a fuel in north European waters, but the move to gas must be done safely and with good management of all the risks involved. That is where we can make a real difference, by helping owners and yards to adopt new fuel solutions in a safe and timely manner.”
Rules and regulations
RINA has established rules and regulations for the use of LNG or compressed natural gas (CNG) on board carriers as an alternative to traditional fuels. The rules ensure the safe and reliable arrangement and installation of machinery on board ships and are equivalent to those for conventional installations.
Cogliolo noted that owners and yards must work to class requirements until the new IMO Code for Gas Fuelled Ships is finalised. He said that the society was providing assistance in owners’ move to gas and “making sure they avoid the pitfalls as well gaining the benefits”.
RINA is actively involved in a number of projects to convert existing tonnage or build new vessels with gas fuel and is also facilitating studies for the diffusion of LNG as a fuel in the Mediterranean area.
Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe
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