ClassNK has granted an approval in principle (AIP) to NYK Line and Japan
Marine United (JMU) for their joint project on the concept design of an
LNG-fueled bulk carrier.
The awarded AIP is in
line with ClassNK’s Rule Part GF which adopts IGF Code — regulation for ships
using low-flashpoint fuels.
The design is based on a
200,000 dwt bulk carrier developed by JMU. Apart from the increased amount of
equipment such as its LNG-fueled tank and LNG fuel supply system, it provides
more cargo hold capacity.
By running on LNG, in
addition to reducing NOx, SOx, and PM emissions, this vessel is expected to
satisfy Phase 3 of the Energy Efficient Design Index (EEDI) defined by the
International Maritime Organization (IMO) for ship GHG emissions.
As a result, LNG fuels
are predicted to become a widely used and clean alternative to environmentally
damaging heavy oils.
design developed by NYK and JMU meets the industry’s demand for an increase in
cargo capacity while also being environmentally friendly. As a classification society,
we have confirmed the safety of the design and are very happy to be involved
with this innovative project,” Hayato Suga, ClassNK Corporate Officer and Director of Technical