SWS, GTT get BV OK for LNG-powered VLCC

China’s Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding and France’s GTT have received an approval in principle from classification society BV for the design of an LNG dual-fuel very large crude carrier.

This approval follows the launch of a joint development project (JDP) in May 2022, according to a statement by BV.

Moreover, the greater operational flexibility offered by this new 10,000 cbm capacity fuel tank concept, enables owners and charterers to conduct round trip voyages between the Middle East, Asia, and Europe with just one LNG bunkering operation, BV said.

The fuel tank is located below the main deck to avoid exposure to bad weather and the risk of piracy, while lowering the center of gravity of the propulsion systems.

It features Mark III membrane containment technology, developed by GTT.

SWS, GTT get BV OK for LNG-powered VLCC
Image: SWS

In addition to its operational benefits, the new LNG dual-fuel VLCC concept complies with key environmental requirements.

Its energy efficiency design index (EEDI) is more 37 percent under the baseline, while its nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions meet the IMO’s Tier III requirements, BV said.

“Following our successful references in LNG-fueled container and cruise vessels, we are pleased to offer this fit-for-purpose membrane tank solution to the LNG-fueled tanker market,” Adnan Ezzarhouni, general manager of GTT China, said in the statement.

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