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Lloyd’s Register and NACKS develop new MPV design

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Lloyd’s Register (LR) has announced that, in collaboration with Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co. (NACKS), it has developed a 28K dual-fuel multi-purpose vessel (MPV) design.

The new design, which is an evolved version of NACK’s current 28K MPV design, features a 500 m3 type C LNG fuel containment system located aft and on deck over both the LNG fuel supply system and the engine room.

The main electrical generator and boiler are in a low-pressure gas fuel system, and the main engine is a MAN ME-GI high-pressure gas fuel system.

In order maximise the necessary space for cargo operations and three deck cranes (2 sets x 350 T, 1 set x 100 T) located on the port rail, the accommodation is located at the front.

The Vice President of NACK, Mr. Yamamoto, said: “MPVs are important workhorses in commercial shipping, providing more flexibility in operation. While the COP 21 discussions are ongoing, the industry is required to showcase an appropriate response to the need for ever-cleaner designs. This evolution of our proven 28 000 dwt MPV design demonstrates that shipping can provide clean fuel designs to meet the requirements of world trade."

The design has gone through LR’s ShipRight ARBD (Assessment of Risk Based Design) process, and also complies with LR’s gas fuelled ship rules. The dual-fuel system has additionally received approval in principle (AIP) from LR and a Gas Ready Class descriptive note.

The Principal Specialist and General Manager, LR Shanghai Technical Support Office, Wei Ying, said: “We provide the highest level of expertise and our experience to help the industry make the best commercial decisions based on the best technical insight. We are continuing to share our understanding of marine risk and the realities of LNG as a marine fuel in both short sea and the development of designs, like this one, suitable for the deep sea trades by providing the insight and experience needed by ship designers, shipbuilders and operators."

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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