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ABS publishes ‘Sustainability Whitepaper on LNG as Marine Fuel’ for vessels

24 Jun 2020

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) on Tuesday (23 June) published a paper focused on selected practical considerations for liquified natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.

The paper also summarises relevant vessel designs and operational aspects with reference made to relevant technological advancements. 

LNG is a relatively mature low-carbon fuel, and in combination with latest technological improvements, LNG may be a viable option to meet the IMO’s 2030 emission reduction goals, it said.

The information provided in the paper can support the decision-making process for future ship designs, propulsion systems, and fueling strategies.

The paper is an overview of the key aspects considered for LNG as fuel, addressing bunkering, vessel arrangements, fuel containment, fuel gas supply systems, single gas and dual fuel main engines, added the bureau.

It also notes the adaptation of LNG as fuel depends on case-specific requirements and therefore the information provided in the paper concentrates on areas that apply broadly to LNG as fuel installations. 

The document provides practical pointers in the use of LNG as marine fuel and is intended to supplement the ABS Advisory on Gas and Other Low Flashpoint Fuels. 

A full copy of Sustainability Whitepaper on LNG as Marine Fuel by ABS can be downloaded here.

Photo credit: American Bureau of Shipping
Published: 24 June, 2020

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