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 and Offshore Engineering and its unit HD Hyundai Heavy Industries to measure carbon emissions through the entire life cycle of a newbuild LNG carrier.

In that regard, the four firms signed a joint development project (JDP) in Oslo, Norway last week.

The JDP is the first maritime industry study to measure carbon emissions for the entire life cycle of a ship from raw material extraction to decommissioning/recycling of the ship, according to a joint statement.

This includes equipment and component manufacture, its transportation to the shipyard, construction and commissioning, operation and the maintenance of the ship.

Moreover, the lifecycle assessment will provide the detailed environmental impact of an identified LNG carrier and its carbon emissions, quantifying each construction stage’s raw material usage, energy inputs and environmental releases as well as the emissions for the vessel’s operations and eventual disposal, the statement said.

The study will determine the environmental output of the vessel build process, helping organizations to improve their regulatory readiness and provide estimations on the impacts of future regulations, along with data to provide the basis for sustainability strategies, it said.

The JDP will also lay the groundwork for LR rulesets, requirements and guidance on how to assess carbon emission in the entire lifecycle of a ship.

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