Korean classification society Korea Register on Wednesday (11 March) said its Chairman and CEO Lee Hyung Chul has granted an Approval in Principle (AIP) to verify the suitability of a iquid natural gas (LNG) dual fuel propulsion car carrier developed by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).
The AIP covers two pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) vessels with a respective capacity of 7,000 car equivalent units (CEU) and 8,100 (CEU).
Both vessels are equipped with International Maritime Organization (IMO) type C tanks which are independent self-supporting LNG fuel tanks.
The two vessels will be fitted with dual fuel systems that can alternate the consumption of LNG and oil; the ship design uses the optimum deployment of the fuel tanks to facilitate the loading of vehicles for shipping.
A comprehensive risk analysis has been completed to safely block and control automobile exhaust gas and LNG fuel gas.
HHI believes that an LNG dual fuel propulsion system offers the most efficient solution to meet these complex environmental regulations.
An LNG dual fuel propulsion system can reduce CO2 emissions by 40-50% compared to 2008 levels, for all ship types including small and medium size vessels.
By applying additional energy saving devices such as air lubrication system and maximizing the ship performance, an additional 10-20% reduction can be achieved, thereby meeting the environmental regulations by 2050.
LNG offers an alternative means of compliance with international regulations and KR has been developing eco-friendly LNG technology for many years.
Photo credit: Korea Register
Published: 12 March, 2020
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