Tsuneishi gets OK from ClassNK for LNG-powered Kamsarmax

Japan’s Tsuneishi Shipbuilding has received approval from compatriot classification society ClassNK for its LNG-powered Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier.

ClassNK said in statement on Wednesday it granted the approval in principle based on its regulation for ships using low-flashpoint fuels (Rule Part GF).

Tsuneishi said earlier this year it had won the same approval from Lloyd’s Register for the Kamsarmax GF LNG-powered design.

The dual-fuel Kamsarmax would primarily go on LNG. It would achieve a 40 percent emissions reduction rate, exceeding IMO’s 30 percent EEDI Phase 3 requirement for bulk carriers after 2025, Tsuneishi said.

In addition, the vessel will be 229 meters long and 32.2 meters wide.

Following the basic design approvals, Tsuneishi will work on the detailed design and marketing of the LNG-powered Kamsarmax.

The shipbuilder also previously said it aims to develop other LNG-powered vessels as well as zero-emissions ships.

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