A small scale LNG feeder/bunker vessel design based on an offshore supply vessel (OSV) has received Approval in Principle (AiP) from classification society DNV GL.
Developed by Stavanger, Norway, based ShipInox AS, the 92 m vessel features a prismatic tank LNG containment system and has a cago carrying capacity of 6,000 cu.m.
Interest in gas as a marine fuel is on the rise in the shipping industry. DNV GL’s most recent forecast predicts that by 2050 over 20 per cent of total shipping energy will be provided by LNG. In the shorter term, with the sulfur cap on fuel entering into force in January 2020, the combination of technical maturity, efficiency, availability, and emissions reduction means that LNG is a viable option for many vessels, especially for newbuilding projects.
“The enthusiastic support we have received throughout the challenging development of this design makes us feel very humble,” says Rune Østbøe, CEO and founder of ShipInox. “Not only DNV GL and the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA), but a diverse range of companies spanning Innovation Norway, to the LNG-specialists at Torgy, and Fearnleys have all enabled us to deliver on this design. We are now in a position where we can help to accelerate entries into small-scale LNG with this fast-to-market and low-cost LNG carrier.”
“We are very proud that ShipInox asked us to be part of this interesting and innovative project,” says Trond Hodne, Senior Vice President at DNV GL – Maritime. “This design could be a viable option for owners looking to move into different segments in a challenging market, especially as the gas segment continues to gain importance in shipping.”