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GTT Innovation and Deltamarin receive AiP for new design of LNG-fuelled Aframax tanker

24 Sep 2021

Engineering firm GTT and naval architecture engineering firm Deltamarin on Wednesday (22 September) said they have received an Approval in Principle (AiP) from the classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for their new design applied for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled tanker (Aframax type).

The new LNG-fuelled tanker design employs membrane tank technology developed by GTT which has designed the tank, while its integration into the vessel has been studied by Deltamarin.

The approval from ABS certifies that the onboard integration of the membrane fuel tank solution is technically feasible for an LNG-fuelled tanker and that it complies with all safety regulations.

This new design provides a solution, which fully complies with environmental regulations adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) until 2030. Compared to a conventional oil-fuelled tanker, this new LNG-fuelled tanker design reduces CO2 emissions by at least 20%. It also offers increased autonomy without reducing the cargo volume.

“This new design further demonstrates GTT’s ambition to innovate and support the maritime industry in facing the challenges of the energy transition. With Deltamarin and ABS, we are very proud to be able to offer a new LNG-fueled tanker solution that is more respectful of the environment and without making any compromise on cargo,” says Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT.

“ABS is committed to supporting the maritime industry to drive innovation in designs that can meet emission reduction objectives and to facilitating development of alternative solutions for the shipping community. Only by joining forces will we achieve success in the decarbonisation of our industry and so ABS is pleased to support GTT and Deltamarin with this AiP of an innovative Aframax design,” notes Pier Carazzai, ABS Vice President, Regional Business Development.

“Deltamarin has put a lot of effort into understanding alternative fuels and new technologies during the past years. The key drivers in this design have been energy efficiency and environmental impact in addition to operational performance and safety. It has been our privilege at Deltamarin to work with professionals from GTT and ABS during this interesting project,” says Janne Uotila, Managing Director of Deltamarin.


Photo credit: ABS
Published: 24 September, 2021

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