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BV delivers AiP to first LNG bunkering vessel concept developed in Malaysia

11 Oct 2021

Classification Society Bureau Veritas on Friday (8 October) said it has awarded an Approval in Principle (AiP) to LNG Marine Sdn Bhd for its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) Bunkering Vessel concept, also the first of its kind developed by a Malaysian company.

The development of LNG-fuelled ships is one of the key steps taken by the shipping industry to reduce its emissions and make the transition to a lower-carbon future. 

Meanwhile, the increased size of the new breed of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled ships is driving bunkering needs well beyond the capacity of LNG trucks previously used for smaller bunkering operations at terminals. 

This has led to the development of LNG Bunkering Vessels (LNG BVs). The vessel design will reflect industry best practice, as well as the latest features for LNG bunkering operations to cater for all types and sizes of LNG-fuelled ships, it states.

BV reviewed the design and confirmed that it meets the technical and regulatory requirements and safety standards. 

The provision to incorporate a battery-hybrid for reducing its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in future operations. The vessel will also have provision to incorporate a battery-hybrid for reducing its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in future operations.

“The demand for LNG as fuel in the South East Asia Region is set to increase, in line with International Maritime Organization (IMO’s) sustainability agenda and the industry’s wider push towards net zero carbon,” says Datuk Capt Ahmad Sufian Abdul Rashid, LNG Marine Sdn Bhd Chairman. 

“Malaysia is a significant LNG bunkering hub, with over 100,000 vessels passing through the Malacca Strait each year.”

“Moreover, the availability of two regasification terminals and one FSU along the shores of Malaysia will provide steady supply. The decision by LNG MARINE to get its conceptual design approved in principle is further reinforced by the fact that local shipping companies are keen to be part of the LNG bunkering cycle.”

“Bureau Veritas has been working closely with the industry to understand and address the challenges of LNG bunkering,” comments David Barrow, Vice President for South Asia at Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore.

“Our unique position across the whole LNG value chain has allowed us to actively participate in and support the latest developments of LNG BVs. It is an honour to support LNG MARINE in the first new-build LNG BV concept in Malaysia.”

Related: Malaysia: New player enters country’s LNG bunkering sector


Photo credit: Esmonde Yong from Unsplash
Published: 11 October, 2021

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