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LR selected to class LNG-fuelled Multi-Role ships for Federal German Government

27 Apr 2020

UK-based classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) on Tuesday (21 April) said it will take on the assessment role of two new 95 metre, liquid natural gas (LNG) fuelled, Multi-Role Ships, for the German Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration.

The shipbuilders of this project, Abeking & Rasmussen (A&R) in agreement with Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau (BAW), appointed LR as the classification society, it said.

These next generation vessels will be capable of performing a number of tasks, such as emergency towing, fire-fighting, buoy tendering as well as oil recovery and chemical recovery operations.

One of the many innovations is the ship’s propulsion concept with LNG as a single fuel, notes LR.

LR says its Hamburg office provides dedicated technical support relating to the complex regulatory framework for these multi-functional ships.

Early design screening of the LNG fuel gas system layout together with many more independent verifications of the initial design concept were performed prior to the final award of the classification contract to LR, it adds.

Due to the ship’s variety of special duties the system design and on-board integration is complex.

For chemical recovery operations the ships are designed for a gas safe operation using a citadel concept to protect the crew from hazardous substances, says LR.

It adds that the  combination of an LNG as single fuel propulsion concept with the special operational duties listed above makes these ships novel with unique features.

“LR welcomes the opportunity to support Abeking & Rasmussen and their client with these two next-generation vessels,” says Markus Büsig, LR’s M&O President for North Europe.

“This is a significant achievement for the LR team as these ships will push the boundaries of flexibility and innovation.”

LR notes the design and engineering phase is underway and construction scheduled to begin in 2021 with the ships due to be delivered in 2023.

Photo credit: Lloyd’s Register
Published: 27 April, 2020


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