ABS has won the classification contract for two Moss-type LNG carriers to be built in Korea for Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas).
The 150 200 m3 LNG carriers will the largest Moss-type units ever built at Hyundai Heavy Industry's (HHI) shipyard in Ulsan, Korea.
The LNG carriers will feature the latest technology to improve energy efficiency and operational reliability.
ABS Vice President for Global Gas Solutions, Patrick Janssens, said: “This contract is a recognition of ABS' technical knowledge and leadership in the gas carrier sector […] Not only do we have the largest orderbook for LNG carriers among class societies, all of the current LNG cargo-containment systems - Moss, GTT's Mark III and No. 96 membrane types, and SPB types - have been installed on ABS-classed ships. And we continue to offer approval in principle to the new containment concepts proposed by industry designers.”
Boosting LNG carrier performance
The Petronas LNG carriers will adopt new ultra-steam turbine propulsion systems, which are expected to be about 15% more energy efficient than conventional steam turbines. This should help boost the LNG carriers performance, reliability and ease of maintenance.
The Moss-type cargo tanks will measure approximately 42 m dia. This type of tank is well suited to serve as shuttles to and from floating LNG (FLNG) or other offshore facilities, as they have no minimum filling limits.
The LNG carriers will feature full-length tank covers integrated into the main hulls, a feature which is expected to improve longitudinal strength and minimise structural discontinuity. The unique integrated structure will also allow for piping and passageways to be arranged on the tank-cover deck, improving safety and ease of maintenance.
Global Gas Solutions team
The contract award comes after ABS recently unveiled its new Global Gas Solutions team, a multi-disciplinary group of technical experts formed to respond to the rapidly escalating number of gas-related projects, including LNG and LPG transportation, the use of LNG and LPG as fuel and the growing number of FLNG projects.
ABS holds the largest share of LNG carriers on order with 34% of the orderbook set to class with the organisation.
Adapted from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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