Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has signed a classification agreement with South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries to class a Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) being built for Gazprom Flot.
According to Georgy Bedrik, Head of the RS Planning and Marketing Division, one of the key features distinguishing the FSRU from other gas carriers built to the RS class involves the LNG regasification system, systems for LNG loading from other LNG carriers as well as export of the regasified product to shore.
He also remarked that FSRU classification is a follow-up of the RS classification activities for LNG carriers construction being carried out since 2011. Bedrik added that at present, the level of RS competence allows the organization to carry out survey of ships of any complexity, including high-tech vessels to transport hydrocarbons in the Arctic and other freezing seas.
The 287 -meter ship will feature 174,100 cum in LNG storage capacity and anti-icing protection means to ensure its continuous operation at low temperatures (down to – 30 С). The Arc4 ice class will enable the ship navigation in the average one-year ice up to 0.9 m thick in summer and autumn.
The delivery of the ship is scheduled by the end of 2017.