The worldwide first with Methanol powered vessels will navigate with DNV GL Class the classification society announced recently.
The four 50.000 tdw tanker have been ordered by the Swedish shipping company Marinvest and the Norwegian company Westfal-Larsen at the Korean shipyard Hyundai Mipo Dockyards. The classification follows according the DNV GL regulation for fuels with low flashpoint. The very first tank ship shall be delivered by 2016.DNV GL says the sulfur free fuel with low flashpoint (Low Flashpoint, LFL) of about twelve degrees Celsius becomes more and more attractive for the maritime industry, because this fuel fulfills the upcoming SOx-limit values in the emission control areas.The vessels, which will carry the additional DNV GL mark LFL FUELLED, feature a secondary bunker system as well as an automatically leakage warning system with shot-off function and flame protection systems. Further building safety measures include the position of the tanks and fuel pipes.
Classification Society DNV GL has published the draft of a Recommended Practice (RP) for maritime LNG bunkering which after a six-week consultation period will be published as a practical guide to help authorities, LNG bunker suppliers and ship operators undertake LNG bunkering safely and efficiently. This article overviews their initiative.
LNG bunkering: Rendering courtesy of DNV GL
Currently, 83 LNG-fuelled ships are in operation or on order worldwide, ranging from passenger ferries, Coast Guard ships and cargo vessels to tankers and platform supply vessels. Estimates put the global LNG-fuelled fleet at 3,200 by the year 2025. With the EU poised to invest in helping equip 139 seaports and inland ports with LNG bunker stations by 2025, the time seemed ripe to DNV GL for it to set out RP’s for the design and operation of LNG bunkering on a global scale. But roughly, what dangers are inherent in LNG bunkering?LNG release by accidentAt atmospheric pressure, LNG will bo... [More]