JUNE 3, 2016—Lloyd’s Register has given Approval in Principle (AIP) to a Hyundai Mipo Dockyard design for a self-propelled 6,600 m3 tanker that would provide bunkering capability at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal. The design would be capable of supplying both small scale requirements and the current maximum expected requirements for large ships trading worldwide.
The design is compliant with the revised IGC Code and incorporates two cylindrical Type C tanks, a reliquefaction plant, and a newly designed loading arm. Designed to be highly maneuverable, the vessel is available with either a single- or twin-screw configuration.
According to Chang-hyun Yoon, Executive Vice President, HMD Initial Planning Division, the company invested in developing the wide variety of gas ship design not only to respond quickly to the market demand, but also lead the market. He said HMD has prepared three prototypes of 6,600 m3 and 15,000 m3 class dual fuelled LNG bunkering vessels with the idea of operating at the Zeebrugge small LNG terminal, as well as to develop a global market for LNG bunkering vessels.
While the 6,600 m3 bunkering vessel is designed to have two cylindrical tanks and no bulbous bow shape, the 15,000 m3 bunkering vessel has three bi-lobe tanks and a bulbous bow. Both designs will be fully IMO Tier III compliant, a reliquefaction plant, thrusters, and flap rudders.
LR Gas Technology Manager Leo Karistos said the design was “another significant step in the requirements for safe, efficient gas bunkering worldwide.”