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LNG carrier to be designed by China and Lloyd's Register as demand rises

LLOYD's Register (LR) has entered into an agreement with Cosco Shipping LNG Investment, Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry, Jiangnan Shipyard, Marine Design and Research Institute of China (MARIC), Shanghai Ship and Shipping Research Institute (SSSRI) and China Classification Society (CCS) to design and develop the first 220k liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, featuring a GTT Mark III membrane containment system

LNG carrier to be designed by China and Lloyd's Register as demand rises

LLOYD's Register (LR) has entered into an agreement with Cosco Shipping LNG Investment, Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry, Jiangnan Shipyard, Marine Design and Research Institute of China (MARIC), Shanghai Ship and Shipping Research Institute (SSSRI) and China Classification Society (CCS) to design and develop the first 220k liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, featuring a GTT Mark III membrane containment system

16 July 2019 - 19:00

LLOYD's Register (LR) has entered into an agreement with Cosco Shipping LNG Investment, Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry, Jiangnan Shipyard, Marine Design and Research Institute of China (MARIC), Shanghai Ship and Shipping Research Institute (SSSRI) and China Classification Society (CCS) to design and develop the first 220k liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, featuring a GTT Mark III membrane containment system.

The seven parties will define the ship's technical specifications and general arrangement of the main systems, to factor in route and capacity requirements. LR and CCS will provide technical support and consultancy services to ensure that the design meets all international regulations and complies with each society's classification rules.



LR and CCS will also provide technical support for ship-shore matching, focusing mainly on upstream and downstream loading and unloading terminals, London's Vessel Performance Optimisation (VPO) reported.



The parties will perform hydrodynamic assessments on the design to optimise its performance and intend to continuously improve upon the design.



MARIC assistant president Zhu Jianzhang commented: 'As global demand for LNG trade continues to grow, the shipping industry will require more LNG carriers, specifically for newbuilding orders. As China's demand for LNG continues to increase, more Chinese shipowners will need LNG carriers and this JiP [joint industry project] will provide our customers with a suitable and competitive design.'



Said LR vice president Wei Ying: 'LR is the clear leader for gas ship construction in China, with 48 per cent of capacity ordered to date being classed by us.



'We couldn't have reached this position without the support of our partners in this project, including Cosco Shipping LNG Investment, who we have worked with for a total of ten 174k cubic metre LNGCs [liquefied natural gas carriers] to date; and Jiangnan Shipyard, where we currently have ten VLGCs [very large gas carriers] and two Mark III LNGCs in progress.'


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