South Korea’s Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) and international classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) have completed a joint project to develop a 30,000 cbm LNG carrier design featuring bi-lobe type ‘C’ tanks suitable for small-scale and coastal LNG trading.
LR says that the vessel concept offers improved environmental aspects, a higher level of energy efficiency, and improved cargo capacity.
Lee Cha-Soo, Senior vice president of Ship Sales Engineering Team of HHIC, said: “HHIC is proud to be working with Lloyd’s Register, which is a leading player in the LNG shipping industry, to design the 30,000 cbm LNG carrier. The bi-lobe type 30,000 cbm LNG carrier utilises existing technology which can be applied to existing and new vessels today.”
“Interest in small-scale LNG is growing fast. This project has demonstrated a path to a practical, buildable LNG carrier for smaller cargo sizes,” said Leondias Karitsios, Lloyd’s Register’s Gas Technology Manager.