MOL, Namura Shipbuilding, Tohoku Electric Power in AiP for LNG powered bulker

In the last development in using LNG as a marine fuel Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), Namura Shipbuilding, Tohoku Electric Power have received Approval in Principal (AiP) for a LNG powered coal carrier.

It is the first time a shipowner, a cargo owner and shipbuilder have received joint AiP approval in Japan for an LNG powered vessel. The three companies recently conducted a Hazard Identification Study (HAZID) of the deisgn.

The design ensures sufficient capacity for the LNG tank without taking up space in the hull by installing the tank on the stern of the vessel.

“In addition, the study is pursued based on installation of the tank cover with an eye toward preventing an onboard fire from spreading to the LNG fuel tank while streamlining inspection work,” MOL said.

MOL set up a bunker business office in April this year to accelerate the study of the use of alternative fuels on the company’s vessels including LNG.

Posted 06 December 2017

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Marcus Hand

Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

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