Design Can Accommodate Different Engines & Fuel Tanks
Houston-based ABS – aka the American Bureau of Shipping – has issued an AiP/Approval in Principle for Seatransporter-DF, a liquefied natural gas-diesel dual-fuel design concept developed by Algoship Designers of Nassau, in the Bahamas.
The Algoship design can accommodate multiple duel fuel engine types as well as Type C or membrane LNG fuel containment, ABS says.
Algoship worked with Stamford, Conn.-based CleanShips to develop a bulk carrier “that would meet specific operational requirements without compromising cargo carrying capacity,” ABS says. The design includes a 2,400-cubic-meter (634,000-gallon) LNG fuel containment system to allow for approximately 100 days’ endurance.
Design Can Work for Multiple Ship Types
“Algoship is applying the same design philosophy to Panamax, Ultramax and Kamsarmax sized carriers and has determined that the dual fuel technology is also applicable to other vessel types,” ABS says.
“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,” ABS executive VP for global marine Dr. Kirsi Tikka says in a release.
“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,” he said.
‘Safety and Reliability’
“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,” said Algoship Designers president Antony Prince says in the Seatransporter-DF announcement.
“By working with ABS through its AIP process,” he said, “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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Source: ABS with Fleets & Fuels follow-up