Saga LNG takes delivery of first LNT A-BOX carrier

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Saga Dawn (Image courtesy Saga LNG)

Singapore-headquartered Saga LNG Shipping has taken delivery of the ABS-classed 45,000 cu.m Saga Dawn, the world’s first LNG carrier to be fitted with the LNT A-BOX system, an innovative cargo containment system based on IMO requirements for independent type A tanks.

Saga Dawn, which completed three weeks of gas trials in June, was constructed by China Merchants Heavy Industry at its Jiangsu shipyard in Haimen, China.

“ABS has a track record of working with innovators in gas worldwide and we are proud that this project joins the list of successful projects,” said Eric Kleess, ABS Senior Vice President, Eastern Hemisphere Operations. “Innovation is essential to move our industry forward and it is our mission to work with the designers and builders to harness the benefits of these designs while keeping safety at the forefront.”

Developed by LNT Marine, the LNT A-BOX system features IMO independent prismatic type A tanks as the primary containment. The tanks are supported by laminated wooded supports and a liquid-tight thermal insulation attached to the hull compartment as an independent secondary barrier.

“After nearly 10 years of research and development, we are delighted to see the completion and delivery of the first LNG carrier based on our LNT A-BOX technology. We would like to thank CMHI, Saga and ABS for excellent cooperation throughout the project,” said Kjetil Sjølie Strand, CEO, LNT Marine.

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