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ABS approves LNG fuel tank design

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ABS has announced that it has granted a Certificate of General Design Approval (GDA) for an IMO Type B LNG fuel tank design developed by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

The President and CEO of ABS, Christopher J. Wiernicki, said: “We are pleased to issue this approval that represents our involvement in the expanding gas fuel market and further promotes the adoption of LNG as fuel.

“As a technology leader, ABS works collaboratively with project stakeholders to evaluate new innovations and navigate the associated safety challenges.”

HHI’s fuel tank design was conceptualised and developed to reduce the loss of cargo space and make efficient use of available space on board the vessel. The design targets gas-fuelled vessels, and is based on a 14 500 TEU containership design, but can be sized for other ship types and sizes. By granted the GDA, ABS has shown that the design complies with the relevant ABS rules and guides, as well as the IGF Code.

HHI Senior Executive Vice President, Yun-Sik Lee, said: “Working with ABS as our advisor, we were able to prove and determine the feasibility of our Type B fuel tank design concept.

“Together, we applied the latest safety standards to the design, bringing us closer to incorporating this innovative fuel tank design into new containerships.”

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