KRISO: South Korea’s first coastal LNG bunkering ship named

South Korea’s EK Heavy Industries has held a naming ceremony for the country’s first coastal LNG bunkering ship, according to the Korea Research Institute of Ships & Ocean Engineering (KRISO).

The naming ceremony for the 500-cbm K LNG Dream took place on Tuesday and was attended by officials from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, EK Heavy Industries, Korean Register, and others, KRISO said in a statement.

KRISO says this is South Korea’s first LNG bunkering vessel for coastal ships.

Capable of performing ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations at sea, the vessel was developed purely based on domestic technology by Trans Gas Solution, POSCO, EK Heavy Industries, Mytec, Valmax Technology, and Seoul Line, according to the research institute.

To expand the LNG fuel supply infrastructure in Korea, KRISO has since 2018 participated in the LNG bunkering vessel development project under the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.

KRISO announced the steel-cutting ceremony for this vessel, jointly designed by the institute and Trans Gas Solution, back in May 2020.

The vessel features POSCO’s LNG storage tank with high manganese steel.

Growing number of LNG-powered vessels

KRISO expects the new bunkering ship to supply “many” LNG-powered ships that will operate along the domestic coast in the future.

According to DNV’s Alternative Fuels Insight platform, 316 LNG-powered ships are already in operation, while there are 511 LNG-fueled vessels on order.

DNV reported orders for record 83 LNG-powered vessels in the second quarter of this year.

Earlier this year, a unit of LNG importing giant Kogas signed what it says is the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering contract in Korea.

Korea LNG Bunkering will use the 7,500-cbm SM Jeju LNG2 bunkering vessel to bunker H-Line Shipping’s iron ore carrier.

In February last year, Korea LNG Bunkering ordered its first newbuild LNG bunkering vessel at compatriot Hyundai Heavy Industries.

The 7,500-cbm vessel will join its fleet in 2023, adding to SM Jeju LNG2, Korea’s first LNG bunkering vessel which Kogas chartered from Korea Line.

Kogas previously said it aims to supply 1.36 million tons of LNG for ships by 2030 as owners increasingly opt for the fuel to meet tighter regulations and slash emissions.

- Advertisements -

Most Popular

Hoegh’s FSRU heads to Germany to start Wilhelmshaven job

The 170,000-cbm FSRU Hoegh Esperanza is heading towards Germany to start serving the Uniper-led Wilhelmshaven facility, according to shipping...

Woodside plans major Pluto LNG turnaround next year

Australian LNG player Woodside is planning to shut its Pluto LNG terminal in the Pilbara region of Western Australia...

Trafigura to supply US LNG to Germany under new deal

Commodity trader Trafigura said it would supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US to Germany under a new...

More News Like This

Sallaum Lines orders LNG PCTC duo in China

Switzerland-based Sallaum Lines has placed an order for two LNG-powered pure car and truck carriers at China's Fujian Mawei...

DNV says eight LNG-powered ships ordered in October

Classification society DNV has added eight more LNG dual-fuel ships to its Alternative Fuels Insight platform in October, mostly...

DNV creates LNG team in China

Norwegian classification society DNV said it had launched a Shanghai-based team to support key stakeholders amid growth in the...

Turkey’s Cemre delivers Norwegian LNG-powered fishing vessel

Turkish shipbuilder Cemre has handed over an LNG-powered vessel to Norwegian fishing company Teige Rederi. Cemre said in a statement...