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ABS grants AIP for duel-fuel design concept

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ABS has announced that it has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) for a dual-fuel design concept developed by Algoship Designers Ltd of Nassau, Bahamas.

The Seatransporter-DF has been designed with the capability to accommodate multiple engine types, as well as Type-C or membrane containment systems for LNG fuel.

ABS Executive Vice President for Global Marine, Dr Kirsi Tikka, said: “Technically innovative designs that advance the use of LNG as fuel will play an increasingly important role in the marine sector, and ABS is working alongside industry to enable this critical technological advancement […] As industry considers future fuel strategies, design concepts that promote the use of LNG as fuel will play an increasingly important role in that mix.”

Algoship worked with CleanShips LLC to develop a version of the bulk carrier design that would meet specific operational requirements without compromising cargo carrying capacity. The 38 000 DWT version is equipped with a 2400 m 3 LNG fuel containment system that could allow for approximately 100 days' endurance. Algoship is applying the same design philosophy to Panamax, Ultramax and Kamsarmax sized carriers and has determined that the dual fuel technology is also applicable to other vessel types.

Algoship Designers Ltd President, Antony Prince, said: “ABS contributed to this effort as a trusted advisor, engaging early in the process to apply its rigorous engineering and safety standards and verify the feasibility of the design […] By working with ABS through its AIP process, we’ve been able to demonstrate that the Seatransporter was developed with a focus on safety and reliability and will be able to satisfy flag and port state requirements.”

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