US-based classification society ABS has published a guide for building and classing regasification vessels, outlining guidance for classing LNG regasification vessels.
Floating LNG regasification uses specialized ships, commonly referred to as LNG regasification vessels or Floating Storage and Regasification Units (FSRU), which offer a flexible and efficient way to deliver LNG to new and expanding markets. The guide covers both purpose-built LNG regasification vessels and existing LNG carriers that are converted to operate with regasification plants onboard.
Furthermore, the ABS guide presents guidance to designers and shipyards developing these types of ships and includes provisions that allow Underwater Inspection in Lieu of Drydocking (UWILD) for extended periods of time.
“As the LNG supply chain expands, industry is considering its options for getting gas to demanding markets,” says ABS Vice President for Global Gas Solution Patrick Janssens.
ABS classed the world’s first LPG carrier conversion, the first LNG carrier conversion, the Methane Pioneer, in 1959, as well as the first newbuild LNG carrier, Methane Princess, in 1964, and has extensive experience with the full scope of gas-related assets.