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MOL and SHI awarded AIP for LNG-powered containership design

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd (MOL) and Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (SHI) have been issued an Approval in Principle (AIP) by DNV GL for their future design of a series of four LNG-powered 20 000 TEU containerships that have been under construction.

MOL and SHI signed a deal for the series of containerships in 2015. The vessels were designed in anticipation of using LNG as fuel, in light of more stringent environmental regulations that will take effect in the coming years. At the construction stage, both companies developed a basic plan targeting vessels in service, performance evaluation, compliance with new regulations, and risk assessment (HAZID) in a joint study, and completed the basic design in March.

Design characteristics of the vessels include the following:

  • Optimal retrofit plan targets vessels in service.
  • Suitable LNG fuel tank layout and design for ultra large scale containerships.
  • Suitable LNG fuel supply system to ensure maximum engine power output for ultra large scale containerships.
  • Dual-fuel engines that are capable of using either heavy fuel oil (HFO) or LNG.
  • Measures for LNG leakage in case of emergency, in consideration of the ultra large scale containership’s special characteristics.


MOL positions this series of vessels as its environmentally advanced next generation ships. The first vessel in the series – the MOL Triumph – was delivered on 27 March 2017, and is capable of being converted to LNG fuel at a later date.

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