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ClassNK grants AIP for LNG bunkering vessel

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ClassNK has released a statement claiming that it has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) for a 7500 m3 LNG bunkering vessel designed by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd.

The design is the result of joint research carried out by both parties to improve the efficiency of LNG bunkering vessels. It features type-C bi-lobe tanks, which help to improve cargo capacity to allow greater efficiency and productivity. AIP was issued following the confirmation that the design complies with ClassNK’s Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships.

ClassNK claims that this AIP allows the design to be considered for further individual projects, where tests on the hull structure scantling and direct analyses will be carried out to ensure that the structural integrity of each specific design is aligned with class rules and the IGC Code.

Takashi Nishibashi, ClassNK’s Country Manager of Korea, said: “Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd. and ClassNK have always enjoyed close cooperation, and this design is just one of the fruits of our relationship. We hope this AIP will help pave the way for a new generation of highly efficient LNG bunkering vessels.”

Cha-Soo Lee, the Technical Director of Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd, added: “When we are commissioned to develop an LNG bunkering vessel concept by clients we face a much wider array of challenges, such as compact ship’s dimensions, robust hull structure, more cargo capacity, simple operation and lower ship’s price etc. We are happy to find the best compromise between economic and technical issues through this joint research with ClassNK.”

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