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DSME, KR complete world’s first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering trial

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A world’s first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering trial has been completed in South Korea by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Korean Register (KR).

The bunker tanker SM Jeju LNG2 supplied LNG to a 173,400-cu m LNG carrier at DSME’s Okpo Shipyard from 24-26 November.

The DSME-KR collaboration is part of a partnership agreement for LNG bunkering/transport work with Korean shipyards with the aim of ‘Developing standards for LNG bunkering procedures in Korea’, conducting ‘Risk evaluation of LNG bunkering operations’, and ‘Development of LNG bunkering to support technology based on standards and guidelines jointly developed by DSME and KR’.

DSME and KR have been working together since a memorandum of understanding on joint research for LNG bunkering was signed in August 2019.

KR said it has identified a range of potential hazards through its risk assessments for ship-to-ship LNG bunkering, and has suggested ways to reduce those risk to DSME.

DSME has demonstrated using its own technology to block vapour return to the bunkering vessel or venting to atmospheric areas during ship-to-ship LNG bunkering. To-date, DSME has conducted eight gas trials without venting to atmospheric areas.