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DELTAMARIN AND GTT RECEIVE AiP FOR LNG-FUELLED AFRAMAX DESIGN

DELTAMARIN AND GTT RECEIVE AiP FOR LNG-FUELLED AFRAMAX DESIGN

Monday, September 27, 2021 

Deltamarin and GTT have received Approval in Principle (AiP) from classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for a new LNG-fuelled Aframax tanker design.

The new design provides increased autonomy while reducing carbon emissions, providing greener and more efficient solutions for the industry. The vessel will meet current and future environmental targets by introducing a so-called 'genuinely clean-fuel technology' ship, incorporating GTT Membrane-type LNG tanks and Deltamarin’s experience in developing fit for purpose vessels.

In close cooperation with GTT, Deltamarin studied various arrangements to find the optimised size and placement for the LNG containment system. Energy efficiency of the vessel was studied with simulation tools together with a holistic approach, providing not only a vessel using LNG as fuel but also the best available efficiency with low emissions in this vessel size class.

According to GTT, the approval from ABS certifies that the onboard integration of the membrane fuel tank solution is technically feasible for an LNG-fuelled tanker and that it complies with all safety regulations. The new design provides a solution that complies with environmental regulations adopted by IMO until 2030. Compared to a conventional oil-fuelled tanker, the new LNG-fuelled tanker design reduces CO2 emissions by at least 20%, while offering increased autonomy without reducing cargo volume.

The  cooperation between GTT and Deltamarin is the third of a vessel type that has been designed with a holistic approach to overall efficiency and optimised for certain sea routes while considering hull form, propulsion, LNG containment system and power plant configuration.

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