The rise of LNG as a marine fuel for conventional crude oil and product tankers continues with the news that Lloyds' Register (LR) has approved in principle an STX MR tanker design that incorporates LNG as a fuel.
According to LR, the design is in compliance with IMO's International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) as well as LR’s Gas Fuelled Rules, which covers separate requirements.
LR said it supported STX in carrying out a risk assessment of the LNG-fuelled propulsion system for the vessel design.
STX’s chief technical officer E K Choi said "STX has an extensive reference list for designing and building MR tankers. The experience and know-how that has been built to date has been utilised to develop this new LNG-powered MR tanker. The design enables the lowest possible fuel consumption and allow owners to select a design that will meet the future SOx and NOx emission challenges."
He added, "We are very happy .... to create a viable solution to meet the market demand for environmentally-friendly and technology-enabled products.”
Presenting the AiP, LR’s North Asia technical support office manager Young-Doo Kim, said "we are delighted to have been able to support STX in incorporating LNG as a fuel option."