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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 

The Korean Register (KR) has announced the establishment of a new LNG Fuelled and Bunkering Simulation Centre (KR-LSC), located at KRís headquarters in Busan.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between KR and Transgas Solution (TGS) agreeing to build an Operator Training Simulator (OTS) system which will be used to training operators of LNG-propelled ships and for ship-to-ship bunkering.

The KR-LSC has been established to facilitate industrial growth across the LNG propulsion and bunkering sector based on KR’s experience with LNG technology. It will provide comprehensive technical services relating to LNG operations, including customised trial and optimal operations for LNG fuel supply and bunkering systems and conducting the detailed risk analysis for liquefied gas for ships propelled by eco-friendly fuels such as LNG, hydrogen, and ammonia.

KR will collaborate with TGS to develop practical education and training programmes for shipping companies, shipyards, and equipment companies, for example by combining the use of an Operator Training Simulator (OTS) and Virtual Reality (VR) based on a real-time simulation of the LNG vessel fuel processes.

Dr Ha Tae-beom, EVP KR’s R&D Division, said: “KR is already renowned for providing world's best technical services for structural strength assessment, temperature distribution analysis, and thermal stress analysis of LNG carriers. We will increase competitiveness by providing high-quality LNG technology services to our customers – shipping companies and shipyards around the world.”

TGS CEO Lee Jae-ik said: “I welcome this collaboration with KR, our work to develop advanced education and training using the Operator Training Simulator (OTS) is hugely important, and underpins our commitment to training LNG experts across the maritime sector and engineering industry.”

Meanwhile, KR has been procuring test technology for LNG-propelled ship engines and aftertreatment devices through the Greenship Equipment Testing and Certification Centre (TCC) established in Gunsan in 2015.  The newly established KR LSC will provide unified LNG technical services adding simulation technology and enabling the implementation of a pre-treatment device for LNG fuel propulsion.

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