HB Hunte gets OK from LR for gas storage and supply system

Germany’s HB Hunte Engineering has won an approval in principle from classification society LR for a new compact fuel storage and supply system for smaller LNG-fueled vessels.

The new design combines the tank connection space, as required by the IGF Code, and the fuel storage hold, in which the type C fuel gas tanks are located, offering space and cost advantages, according to a statement by LR.

LR said the new system offers a space saving solution for smaller LNG-fueled vessels that have limited room onboard.

With more LNG solutions being implemented on small-scale vessels, the concept can deliver “significant efficiency advantages” for newbuildings as well as retrofits, it said.

LR awarded the AiP following an analysis that confirms the technical and regulatory feasibility of the system, becoming the first classification society to approve HB Hunte’s design.

“Clearly, developing this system represents an important step towards reducing the carbon footprint and enabling cleaner emissions in the segment of ships between 24m to 150m in length covered by LR’s Special Service Craft Rules (SSC),” Markus Büsig, LR’s North Europe president, said in the statement.

“As not exclusively developed for LNG, the AiP will be an enabler for the use of various types of future green fuels for governmental, coastal, support and supply vessels,” he said.

“We realized that standard solutions for fuel gas systems will not work for small-scale vessels,” Wolfgang Franzelius, HB Hunte’s director sales and business development, said.

“Accordingly, we thought about a system which will require less space, a smaller ventilation system, shorter pipe routing and overall, less equipment costs,” he said.

Back in 2020, HB Hunte completed the hydrostatic pressure test for its bi-lobe LNG fuel tank.

The firm also joined forces with compatriot shipping group Hartmann on 3,500 TEU LNG-powered container vessels.

- Advertisements -

Most Popular

Venture Global seeks more time to complete Calcasieu Pass LNG terminal

US LNG exporter Venture Global LNG has requested more time from the US FERC to complete the commissioning of...

First Gen seeks new LNG cargo for Batangas FSRU terminal

Power producer First Gen is seeking one spot LNG cargo for its FSRU-based import terminal in Batangas, Philippines. The firm...

Equinor seals 15-year LNG supply deal with India’s Deepak Fertilisers

Norway's Equinor and India's Deepak Fertilisers have signed a 15-year deal for supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG) with...

More News Like This

GTT, Deltamarin get LR OK for LNG-powered VLCC

French LNG containment giant GTT and Finnish ship designer Deltamarin have received an approval in principle from classification society...

LR to help decarbonize Cosco Shipping’s LNG fleet

Classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) has signed a deal with Cosco Shipping LNG Investment (Shanghai) to help decarbonize the...

Four firms to study lifecycle carbon emissions on LNG carrier

Norwegian LNG carrier owner Knutsen has joined forces with classification society Lloyd’s Register and South Korea's HD Korea Shipbuilding...

South Korea’s first ammonia FSRU gets OK from LR

Classification society Lloyd’s Register has awarded approval in principle to HD Hyundai Heavy Industries and Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore...