American Bureau of Shipping

ABS, Partners Target LNG Bulk Carriers

June 9, 2016 in Companies, Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

LNG-Fueled Vessels Are to Go Big with ‘Project Forward,’
Wärtsilä Says Its 31DF Is Likely to Power the New Breed

ABS and partners are re-doubling their efforts to bring liquefied natural gas fuel to a large and challenging marine market – the long-range bulk carrier. ABS is teamed with Arista Shipping, Deltamarin, GTT and now Wärtsilä for “Project Forward” for the design and eventual deployment of LNG-powered vessels with membrane fuel tanks.

Sandia Leads Study of SF Hydrogen Ferry

July 29, 2015 in hydrogen, Marine, Studies, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘SF-Breeze’ Partners Include San Francisco’s Red and White Fleet

Sandia National Laboratories and San Francisco’s Red and White Fleet are collaborating on a high-speed, hydrogen fuel cell-powered passenger ferry and fueling station. MARAD, the U.S. Transportation Department’s Maritime Administration, is funding a feasibility study to examine technical, regulatory and economic aspects. updated July 30

ABS Issues New LNG Bunkering Advisory

June 4, 2015 in LNG, Marine, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘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.'

‘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.

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Source: ABS with HHP Insight follow-up

LNG Ready, You Say? ABS Defines It

December 12, 2014 in LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels ‘for Clients Who Wish to Plan’

The Houston-based classification society ABS (aka the American Bureau of Shipping) has published a Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels with notations reflecting increased demand for review and approval of machinery elements on vessels designed for conversion to LNG fuel.


Elliott Bay Gets ABS Nod for LNG Barge

March 12, 2014 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Can Be Customized to Meet Customer’s Operational Requirements’

Seattle-based Elliott Bay Design Group has won approval in principle from the American Bureau of Shipping for its 2,000-cubic-meter (528,000-gallon) liquefied natural gas combination bunkering barge. The design includes a cargo tank for marine diesel fuel for fueling duel fuel vessels.

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