DNV GL has awarded an Approval in Principle (AIP) certificate to Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd.
The certificate confirms that HHI’s innovative SkyBench concept for mega box ships complies with the DNV GL rules for the classification of ships.
The SkyBench concept is an innovative design to increase the cargo capacity of large container vessels. The bridge and upper three decks of a ‘twin island’ design container would be constructed as a separate sliding block, mounted on rails and able to move over the length of two 40 ft container bays. In combination with a resizing and relocation of fuel tanks and the utilisation of the void spaces beneath the accommodation block in a traditional design, this allows the addition of two extra 20 ft container bays. The resulting cargo increase amounts to 270 TEU on a 17-row wide 10 000 TEU ship, 450 TEU on a 23-row wide 19 000 TEU ship and 350 TEU on a 20-row wide 14 000 TEU vessel.
Commenting on the receipt of the AIP, Yoon Moon-kyoon, COO of HHI’s Shipbuilding Division, said: “We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to DNV GL for the approval of our SkyBench concept design. As we have been doing over the past four decades, we will continue to provide competitive ships differentiated from others in terms of quality, reliability and technological capabilities to our valued clients. I believe that SkyBench, like many other previous technological breakthroughs we have shown to the world, will surely bring benefits to our customers.”
LNG as fuel
Tor E. Svensen, CEO of DNV GL, added: “This was an extremely interesting and exciting project and we are very pleased that HHI selected us to work with them to realise this concept. The SkyBench shows how the industry’s increased focus on efficiency and maximising transport capacity has really sparked innovation in design and operation. Additionally, the potential of this design to offset reduced cargo capacity when choosing LNG as ship fuel means that HHI can offer a design tailored to meet stricter sulfur emission limits in the future.”
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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