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ClassNK releases updated guidelines for gas fuelled ships

LNG Industry,

The classification society, ClassNK, has released its second version of the Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships. The updated version reflects the requirements for the design of natural gas fuelled ships based on the outcome of discussions held at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regarding the International Code of Safety for ships running on gas.

As new regulations continue to cut pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, the shipping industry is looking to the use of natural gas as a potential cleaner alternative to liquid fuel oil. An expected reduction in gas prices has also led to an increase in gas fuelled ship newbuildings and projects.

Consequently, discussions at the IMO have been accelerated in order to extend safety regulations to this growing industry sector. The updated IGF code will cover safety aspects of the application of natural gas for propulsion and auxiliary purposes. A draft of the code has been in place and regularly updated since 2009, and is set to be finalised by next year.

ClassNK published the Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships to provide comprehensive information on key design features including bunkering, hull structure, fire safety, and explosion prevention measures in line with the results of IMO discussions on the IGF Code.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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