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Korea to operate first LPG-fuelled ferry in 2019

30 Jan 2018

South Korea will be operating a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fuelled ferry by 2019, says the Korea LPG Association.

The association and other parties are developing the vessel to operate as a passenger car ferry cruising between Korean domestic ports and Korea-China or Korea-Japan routes.

The shipbuilding contract will be signed during the first quarter of 2018, with delivery scheduled for the following year.

“The LPG fuelled ship is eco-friendly as its emission of NOx, SOx, and PM is 80% lower than conventional ship burning heavy fuel oil,” it says.

“Additionally, the gas turbine engine’s weight and volume are much smaller than conventional diesel engines, which allows for flexible design, improved energy efficiency, all translating to the reduction of operating costs.”

The Korea LPG Association on 25 January entered into a “LPG Ship Bunkering Hub and Infrastructure Development” memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a variety of maritime organisations.

The MOU include entities such as gas turbine engine technology firm GE, LPG ship project firm Hyun-Seong MCT, operator YoungSung Global, ship designer Far East Ship Design & Engineering, ship manager Dintec, fuel gas system supplier FGSS, class society Bureau Veritas and shipyard Yuil.

Photo credit: Korea LPG Association
Published: 30 January, 2018

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