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KR opens simulation center to facilitate LNG bunkering growth

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The Korean Register (KR) has opened a new LNG Fueled and Bunkering Simulation Center (KR LSC) at the classification society’s headquarters in Busan, South Korea.

In conjunction with the opening of KR LSC, a memorandum of understanding was signed between KR and Transgas Solution to build an Operator Training Simulator (OTS) system to be used to train operators of LNG-powered ships and for ship-to-ship bunkering.

The KR LSC has been established to facilitate industrial growth across the LNG propulsion and bunkering sector based on KR’s long-standing expertise with LNG technology.

KR noted that the use of LNG as a marine fuel and demand for bunkering are expected to increase as a result of the IMO’s regulation to reduce SOx as well as the tightening of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission regulations in future.

“KR is already renowned for providing world's best technical services for structural strength assessment, temperature distribution analysis, and thermal stress analysis of LNG carriers. We will increase competitiveness by providing high-quality LNG technology services to our customers – shipping companies and shipyards around the world,” said Dr Ha Tae-beom, executive vice president of KR’s R&D division.

The KR LSC will provide comprehensive technical services relating to LNG operations, including not only the customised trial and optimal operations for LNG fuel supply and bunkering systems but also conducting the detailed risk analysis for liquefied gas for ships propelled by eco-friendly fuels such as LNG, hydrogen, and ammonia.

KR will also collaborate with TGS to develop practical education and training programs for shipping companies, shipyards, and equipment companies, for example by combining the use of OTS and Virtual Reality (VR) based on a real-time simulation of the LNG vessel fuel processes.

Meanwhile, KR has been procuring test technology for LNG-propelled ship engines and aftertreatment devices through the Greenship Equipment Testing and Certification Center (TCC) established in Gunsan in 2015. The newly established KR LSC will provide unified LNG technical services adding simulation technology and enabling the implementation of a pre-treatment device for LNG fuel propulsion.

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