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ClassNK grants AiP to KHI

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

ClassNK has granted Approval in Principle (AiP) to Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd (KHI) for its LPG fuel supply system.

The AIP is based on ClassNK’s Rule Part N which adopts IGC Code and its Guidelines for Ships Using Low-Flashpoint Fuels.

KHI has developed the LPG fuel supply system utilising its expertise from the design and construction of LPG carriers, LNG carriers, and LNG-fuelled ships, as well as the design and production of marine engines.

ClassNK carried out the verification on the system from the viewpoint of minimising risks to vessels, crew, and the environment. Following confirmation that the design of KHI’s LPG fuel supply system met the prescribed standards, ClassNK has issued the AiP.

KHI’s design features a cyclical system that is compatible with propane and butane and circulates LPG in a pressurised state capable of usage at normal ambient temperature. It established a a highly safe control system by implementing risk assessment based on the IGC code. System configuration is applicable to merchant ships other than LPG carriers.

Hayato Suga, Corporate Officer and Director of Plan Approval and Technical Solution Division, said: “ClassNK is glad to have granted the AiP on KHI’s innovative design for the system to use LPG as ships’ fuel which tackles with the reduction of air pollution and climate changes due to emission[s] from ships. Through our professional third-party verification on cutting edge technology, we will continue support the spread of alternative fuel options including LPG.”

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