Hanjin Heavy and LR Complete Bi-Lobe LNG Carrier Project

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.”

Finite element model of midship
Finite element model of midship

“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.

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