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Thursday, December 10, 2020 

Korean Register (KR) and DSME have competed their first ship to ship (STS) LNG loading for gas trial. The 'SM JEJU LNG2' supplied LNG in the STS gas-trial to a 173.400m3 LNG carrier in a demonstration at DSMEs Okpo Shipyard.

KR and DSME have been working together since an MOU on joint research for LNG bunkering was signed by Lee Hyung-Chul, Chairman and CEO of KR, and Dr Lee Seung Geun, CEO of DSME, last August.

The collaboration is part of a partnership agreement for LNG bunkering/transport work with Korean shipyards with the aim of 'Developing standards for LNG bunkering procedures in Korea', conducting 'Risk evaluation of LNG bunkering operations', and 'Development of LNG bunkering to support technology based on standards and guidelines jointly developed by DSME and KR'.

Applying its safety engineering technology, KR identified a range of potential hazards through its risk assessments for STS LNG loading/ transport operations between two ships and suggested effective ways to reduce that risk to DSME. In addition, a safer work environment and safety work procedures for workers were developed as a result of a comprehensive study looking at the establishment of CONTROL ZONES around the two ships during LNG transportation.

DSME has demonstrated its own technology without vapour return to the bunkering vessel or venting to atmospheric areas during ship to ship LNG loading /transport operations, resulting from experience and technology in LNG offshore operations and BOG (boil off gas) control. To date, DSME has conducted eight gas trials without venting to atmospheric areas.

The project was carried out with close collaboration between DSME, KR, SM KLC, SM KLCSM, and KOGAS, which provided full support for LNG bunkering vessels and safety management technology and LNG supply.

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