‘Benefits & Challenges from the Perspective of Fuel Providers & Operators’
ABS this morning issued a new bulletin on liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel with a focus on LNG bunkering. The 68-page LNG Bunkering: Technical and Operational Advisory “explores the benefits, challenges, and solutions associated with fuelling vessels equipped with LNG power systems,” the classification society says.
‘Not only the benefits, but the challenges.’
“Ship owners, operators, designers and shipyards around the world are considering the advantages that operating on natural gas may provide,” ABS global gas solutions director Roy Bleiberg notes in a release.
“However, when considering any new or evolving technology, it is important to have a clear understanding of not only the benefits, but the challenges that may be involved,” Bleiberg said.
Potential Solutions & Current Practices
The Advisory offers an extensive overview of potential solutions and current practices associated with LNG bunkering from the perspectives of an LNG fuel provider and gas fueled vessel operator.
“Some of the key areas that are addressed in this Advisory are properties of LNG, critical design issues, operational issues aboard the gas fueled ship as well as bunkering vessels, proper procedures, crew training and the means to promote safe operations with needed risk assessments,” Bleiberg said.
Lots of Experience
ABS notes that established its Global Gas Solutions team in August 2013. “Since then, it has been awarded several precedent-setting contracts that have reaffirmed its position as a leading provider of classification services to the gas segment.”
ABS’s list of awards includes classification contracts for
- the world’s first LNG-fueled containership;
- North America’s first LNG barge;
- the world’s first very large ethane carrier;
- the world’s first compressed natural gas carrier;
- and the first dual-fueled offshore supply vessel built in North America.
Direct Link to ABS Bunkering Advisory (PDF)
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Source: ABS with HHP Insight follow-up