Classification society Bureau Veritas has granted approval in principle to what it says is the first LNG bunkering vessel concept in Malaysia.
It awarded the basic design approval to a new firm LNG Marine, founded in 2020 and led by former chairman of Malaysian Bulk Carriers, Capt Ahmad Sufian Abdul Rashid.
BV said it has reviewed the design and confirmed that it meets the technical and regulatory requirements and safety standards.
According to BV, the vessel design would reflect industry best practice, as well as the latest features for LNG bunkering operations to cater for all types and sizes of LNG-fueled ships.
Also, the vessel would integrate the most recent notations in terms of cyber management and environment protection, BV said.
The vessel will also have provision to incorporate a battery-hybrid technology for reducing its GHG emissions in future operations.
Ahmad Sufian said the demand for LNG as fuel in Southeast Asia would increase, in line with IMO’s sustainability agenda and the industry’s wider push towards net zero carbon.
The chairman of LNG Marine said, “Malaysia is a significant LNG bunkering hub, with over 100,000 vessels passing through the Malacca Strait each year.”
Moreover, the availability of two regasification terminals and one FSU along the shores of Malaysia would provide steady supply, he said.
“The decision by LNG Marine to get its conceptual design approved in principle is further reinforced by the fact that local shipping companies are keen to be part of the LNG bunkering cycle,” he added.