(Houston–) ABS, a leading provider of shipping and offshore classification services, has published a new Advisory about LNG Bunkering in response to the industry’s growing interest in gas propulsion.
The LNG Bunkering: Technical and Operational Advisory explores the benefits, challenges, and solutions associated with fuelling vessels equipped with LNG power systems.
“Ship owners, operators, designers and shipyards around the world are considering the advantages that operating on natural gas may provide, ” says Roy Bleiberg, ABS’ Director of Global Gas Solutions. “However, when considering any new or evolving technology, it is important to have a clear understanding of not only the benefits, but the challenges that may be involved.”
The Advisory offers an extensive overview of potential solutions and current practices associated with LNG bunkering from the perspectives of an LNG fuel provider and gas fueled vessel operator.
“Some of the key areas that are addressed in this Advisory are properties of LNG, critical design issues, operational issues aboard the gas fueled ship as well as bunkering vessels, proper procedures, crew training and the means to promote safe operations with needed risk assessments, ” Bleiberg continued.
ABS established its Global Gas Solutions team in August 2013. Since then, it has been awarded several precedent-setting contracts that have reaffirmed its position as a leading provider of classification services to the gas segment.
The list of awards includes classification contracts for the world’s first LNG-fueled containership, North America’s first LNG barge, the world’s first very large ethane carrier, the world’s first compressed natural gas carrier and the first dual-fueled OSV built in North America
Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading international classification society devoted to promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine and offshore assets.