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ABS to class first LNG carriers with KOGAS KC1 cargo containment system

ABS to class first LNG carriers with KOGAS KC1 cargo containment system
ABS is to class the first LNG carriers to use the KOGAS KC-1 cargo containment system (CCS).

The two 174,000 cu m LNG carriers are to be built for SK Shipping at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for long-term charter to KOGAS to carry shale gas from the US to South Korea.

The vessels will be the first to be equipped with the KC1-CCS developed by KOGAS in partnership with SHI, Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) over a seven-year period. Steel cutting on the two newbuildings is to start soon.

"ABS has a long association with South Korea's shipowners and shipbuilders and has supported them as they push the development of ships and systems to new levels of innovation and efficiency," said ABS chairman, president and ceo Christopher J. Wiernicki.

ABS/Korean Register will class three additional 174,000 c um LNG newbuildings, two for Korea Line Corp and one for Hyundai LNG Shipping to be built at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). These will be equipped with GTT No.96 containment systems.

GTT currently dominates the market for cargo containment systems market for LNG carriers.