Hyundai Mipo and LR team up on ballast free LNG bunker tanker

Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) and Lloyd's Register (LR) have teamed up to build the world's first ballast free LNG bunker tanker for Bernard Schulte Shipmanagement.

The 7,600 cu m vessel was ordered in late 2016 and is due for delivery later this year.

As a ballast free vessel the LNG bunker tanker will not be required to be fitted with a ballast water treatment system as required by the IMO's Ballast Water Management Convention.

Without ballast tanks HMD focused in the hull form and “dead rise” to produce a better performing hull. The vessel will also be fitted with twin propulsion system with two azimuth thrusters enabling the tanker to achieve full immersion in all operating conditions.

LNG on the vessel will be stored in two independent “C” type tanks.

Seung-Ho Jeon, svp of HMD's initial planning division, said: "The ballast-free concept will be made a reality by the technology expertise of HMD. We aim to stand out in the field of eco-friendly business practice." 

Jin-Tae Lee, LR’s Korea chief representative & marine manager, said, “We believe that this design is another remarkable development for HMD to realise the industry’s need for safe, efficient and clean requirements in the shipping industry worldwide." 

Posted 06 February 2018

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Marcus Hand

Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

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