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ABS grants AIP for LNG dual-fuel vessel

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ABS has announced that it has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) for the Seatransporter-DF – a dual-fuel design concept developed by Algoship Designers Ltd of Nassau, Bahamas.

The vessel is capable of accommodating multiple engine types, as well as Type-C or membrane containment systems for LNG fuel. It can be used in Emission Control Areas (ECAs).

Kirsi Tikka, ABS Executive Vice President for Global Marine, said: “Technically innovative designs that advance the use of LNG as fuel will play an increasingly important role in the marine sector, and ABS is working alongside industry to enable this critical technological advancement.

“As industry considers future fuel strategies, design concepts that promote the use of LNG as fuel will play an increasingly important role in that mix.”

Algoship worked with CleanShips LLC of Stamford, Connecticut, US, to develop a version of the bulk carrier design that would meet particular operational requirements without compromising cargo carrying capacity. The 38 000 DWT version features a 2400 m3 LNG fuel containment system that could allow for approximately 100 days' endurance. Algoship is applying the same design philosophy to Panamax, Ultramax and Kamsarmax sized carriers, and has concluded that the dual-fuel technology is also suitable for other types of vessel.

Antony Prince, Algoship Designers Ltd President, said: “ABS contributed to this effort as a trusted advisor, engaging early in the process to apply its rigorous engineering and safety standards and verify the feasibility of the design.

“By working with ABS through its AIP process, we’ve been able to demonstrate that the Seatransporter was developed with a focus on safety and reliability and will be able to satisfy flag and port state requirements.”

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