ABS, Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) and DHT Holdings have signed a joint development project (JDP) to optimize a new, very large crude carrier (VLCC) with liquified natural gas (LNG) propulsion that meets Class and statutory requirements.
he agreement will see ABS, GTT and DHT focus on optimizing the VLCC design, exploring the total cost of operation by analyzing the operating profile and fuel availability at frequently visited ports. The companies will also collaborate on subjects such as LNG fuel volume, tank size optimization and impact on regulatory measures such as carbon intensity indicator (CII).
This strategic partnership is expected to optimize this design of a LNG DF VLCC with membrane-type tanks, by leveraging the expertise of the stakeholders of the JDP
… commented Svenn Magne Edvardsen, DHT Ship Management (Singapore), Managing Director.
According to John McDonald, ABS President and COO, LNG has significant potential to improve the emissions performance of vessels, including VLCCs. Flexibility afforded by dual fuel operations combined with the potential for improved CII rating may well contribute to a longer lifespan and increase appeal to charterers.
The cutting-edge membrane technology pioneered by GTT provides the sought-after flexibility for ship-owners as well as the optimal solution to facilitate a seamless transition into a carbon-neutral future.
… said Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT
To remind, GTT received the 2023 GREEN4SEA Technology Award for its Sloshing Virtual Sensor which advances the prediction of sloshing activity at sea in favor of efficient voyage management.
At the same event, Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of the ABS received the 2023 GREEN4SEA Leadership Award, sponsored by ERMA FIRST, for his overall contribution to a greener and more sustainable shipping.