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World’s first LNG-fuelled bulk carrier delivered by Hyundai Mipo

The use of LNG as a shipping fuel took another step forward with the delivery of the world’s first LNG-fuelled bulk carrier by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) and Ilshin Logistics.

The 50,000 dwt bulk carrier has been dual-classed by Lloyd’s Register (LR) and Korean Register and has also been verified to be in compliance with the International Gas Fuel (IGF) Code.

The vessel, a result of a collaboration project, announced in July 2016, to develop the first in a new generation of environmentally-friendly LNG-fuelled bulk carriers, has a Type ‘C’ LNG fuel tank with a capacity of 500m³, made of austenitic high manganese steel and located on the aft mooring deck.

LR has been supporting the project from the outset, including working with Posco and Ilshin Logistics to provide certification of High Manganese Steel Welding Consumables, Welding Procedure Approval and Material Approval for the material, newly developed by Posco, which is specially designed for cryogenic LNG and liquefied gas storage applications.

The properties and characteristics of the high-manganese steel, as well as the required welding technology and fuel tank design, have been proven suitable for cryogenics with the support, certification and approval of LR, which issued certification in July 2017.

“I am very excited and proud to see the successful delivery of the world’s first 50,000 dwt LNG-fuelled bulk carrier with contribution from LR for the certification and approval,” said LR’s chief representative and marine manager for Korea JT Lee.

“The successful delivery of the vessel should be a significant indication to the market of a reasonable and solid solution to the preparation for emission compliant eco-friendly designs,” he added.

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