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Hudong-Zhonghua gains AIP for LNG carrier design

The reputation of China shipbuilders in the booming liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier market is rising with ABS granting Approval in Principle (AIP) to Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding’s 174,000m3 GTT MARK III Flex LNG Carrier.

“ABS is pleased to award Hudong-Zhonhua this AIP for their design to help meet the industry’s diversifying LNG shipping requirements, in this growing segment,” said Vassilios Kroustallis,ABS Europe Regional Business Development vp. “ABS continues to review advanced LNG designs, drawing on our extensive experience in safe handling, storage and transport of gas.”

“Working with ABS through the AIP process we have demonstrated our ability to meet our clients’ requirements for more efficient LNG vessel design,” said Hudong-Zhonghua vp Chi Benbing.

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The recognition strengthens Hudong-Zhonghua’s position as China’s premier LNG shipbuilder, and through the partnership with ABS, the yard can now offer its clients designs using both GTT membrane containment systems, MARK III Flex and NO 96 series.  This allows Hudong-Zhonghua to use different kinds of cargo containment systems to best meet their clients' diversified requirements throughout the LNG carrier’s life.

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