Samsung Heavy gets OK from ABS for FLNG mooring system

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has recently received basic approval from classification society ABS for a new FLNG mooring system.

ABS awarded approval in principle to Samsung’s design for a one-side spread mooring system.

The system developed by SHI allows an FLNG to be safely spread moored on one side, enabling LNG carriers to berth and load on the opposite side free from obstructions, ABS said in a statement.

“The one-side spread mooring system is a patented technology that can replace complex turrets in a mild offshore environment,” said Wang K. Lee, VP of SHI’s offshore business division.

He added that the system would be the “optimized solution for shipping companies looking for economical FLNG models.”

With the new technology, SHI expects to be in a better position than its rivals in winning orders for new FLNG facilities. It also developed new liquefaction technology for floating LNG producers.

In November, the shipbuilder delivered Eni’s Coral Sul FLNG. The unit already arrived in Mozambique.

SHI built three out of the four FLNG units ordered so far and is competing to win the contract for the third FLNG for Petronas.

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