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ESL Shipping’s dual-fuelled bulk carriers first to be built to new DNV GL rules

LNG Industry,

DNV GL has released a statement claiming that ESL Shipping’s new dual-fuelled bulk carriers – which will be the first large LNG-fuelled bulkers – will be the first to be built to DNV GL’s new rules. The 25 600 DWT vessels are due for delivery in early 2018, and are optimised for trading in the Baltic Sea.

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, the CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, said: “It is fitting that the first vessels that will be constructed to the most forward looking set of classification rules are themselves at the cutting edge of maritime innovation.

“We have created these rules to be ready for the future and we have long pioneered the use of LNG as a ship fuel. To see these two come together in a double first for the industry is a remarkable moment. We look forward to working with ESL, Deltamarin, Sinotrans & CSC Qingshan Shipyard and all the project partners to make this project a success.”

Liu Guangyao, the Deputy General Manager of Sinotrans & CSC at the Marintec China Trade Fair, said: “We are proud to be the world’s first shipyard applying the new and innovative DNV GL rules for a newbuilding, just two months after DNV GL has launched its new rules in October this year.

“We appreciate the support that DNV GL has committed to provide on the project during both the design and construction phase, especially in a project with many advanced extra class notations. We are looking forward to a close cooperation and a successful delivery.”

The vessels feature the Deltamarin B.Delta26LNG design, as well as dual-fuel main and auxiliary machinery. This will help reduce CO2 emissions per t of transported cargo by half that of current vessels. The ships will also be built to DNV GL’s rules for general dry cargo ships with DNV GL ice class 1A, and will feature type C tanks, which have a capacity of approximately 400 m3 of LNG. This will allow bunkering operations at several Baltic region based terminals. The B.Delta26LNG design has a shallow draft of 10 m maximum, a breadth of 26 m, and an overall length of 160 m.

Morten Løvstad, the Business Director Bulk Carriers at DNV GL, said: “We are very excited to have been selected to take part in this ground breaking project.

“Being asked to work with such an innovative team as the classification partner is a testament to the creativity and hard work that so many colleagues at DNV GL have invested in the new rule set. These vessels will set new standards for efficiency and environmental performance. They are an important step forward in showing how shipping can be a force for sustainability today and in the future.”

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