Arista Shipping has unveiled Project Forward, an initiative with Deltamarin, ABS and GTT to design dry bulk carriers to use LNG as marine fuel.
Project Forward launched in May. It aims to develop a commercially feasible LNG-powered dry bulk carrier design that complies with the IMO energy efficiency Design Index 2025 standards, NOx Tier III and Marpol Annex VI SOx emission levels.
Arista and its partners based the concept design on the Deltamarin B.Delta series, suitable for ships of 82,000-210,000 dwt and have used GTT’s membrane-type LNG tanks for fuel containment.
However, they have also developed a modularised LNG-fuel retrofit solution to suit bulk carriers of different sizes.
The project “aims to become a milestone for the shipping industry and in particular for owners and operators of cargo ships”, says Arista shipping principal Alexander P Panagopulos.
“Owners must decide within the next five to ten years whether gas as fuel is a practical means of compliance with lower emissions standards and this project will enable all of us to understand its feasibility.”