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MARIC-designed LNG duel fuel bulker receives AIP from ABS

01 Nov 2018

The Marine Design & Research Institute of China (MARIC), a subsidiary company of China State Shipbuilding Corporation group, Tuesday was Approval in Principle (AIP) from classification society ABS for the design of a dual fuel 210,000 dwt bulk carrier.

The 294m Newcastlemax bulker has a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel system consisting of a bilobe type ‘C’ tank with about 6,000 cubic meter capacity located on the aft deck.

“ABS has a record of supporting Chinese shipbuilding and this project is yet another example of our commitment to advancing safety and evolution in new designs,” said ABS Vice President for Global Business Development, Peter Fitzpatrick.

“As a global leader in gas, we are proud to partner with innovative companies all over the world, such as MARIC, to support the delivery of environmentally-friendly power systems.”  

In granting this AIP, ABS conducted a preliminary engineering plan review and considers that the conceptual engineering is feasible for the intended application and is, in principle, in compliance with the ABS Steel Vessel Rules 2018 and IMO IGF Code.

“Working with ABS we are demonstrating the viability of our first LNG fuel system to power a large bulk carrier,” said a MARIC spokesperson.

“This AIP is an important first step to incorporate LNG as fuel and further develop our bulk design, which specifies an on-deck fuel tank system enabling extensive dual fuel capability without compromising cargo storage capacity.”

Photo credit: ABS
Published: 1 November, 2018


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