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Lloyd’s Register signs agreement with GE and HHI to develop 14k containership design

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Lloyd’s Register (LR) has released a statement claiming that it has signed an agreement with General Electric (GE) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to develop a 14k containership design, which will feature electric motors and LNG-fuelled gas turbines. The agreement further develops LR’s work with HHI on maximised and safe container loading, and also continues its work with GE on the Combined Gas Turbine, Electric and Steam (COGES) propulsion and power system.

The GE VP Marine Operations, Brien Bolsinger, said: “Operational benefits of gas turbines to naval architects, owners and operators include high power in a compact package and design flexibility. The gas turbine is so lightweight – fully 80% lighter and 30% smaller than comparable slow-speed diesel applications – that it can be located anywhere on the ship.

“The design will allow for flexible configuration and, with GE’s portfolio of gas turbines, total installed power can easily meet today’s highest requirements. The GE gas turbines can be equipped with a GE Dry Low Emissions (DLE) or single annular combustion system – both capable of meeting Tier III IMO/Tier IV US Environmental Protection Agency requirements now with no exhaust treatment and no methane slip. The turbines can run on diesel as well as gas, if required, providing further flexibility.”

LR’s Busan Technical Support Office will technically lead the 14k project, whilst LR’s Design Innovation Strategic Marketing Manager, Sung-Gu Park, will facilitate it. Park said: “We will take this from the ground up through to hazard identification (HAZID) studies and a COGES operation modes evaluation. We will be looking at the design’s power station configuration, hazardous areas, structural integrity, safe separation, pipe routing and ventilation. These studies will help mature the design and minimise risk for GE’s COGES and HHI’s containerships system. We will also be able to evaluate technical risks including the gas combustion unit and compressors with the equipment makers to help ensure safety and operability.

“We are here to provide the assurance required to develop a safe, dependable, optimised capability design so that forward thinking owners are able to make the best commercial decisions based on the best technical understanding.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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