Athens, 9 June 2016: DNV GL has initiated a joint industry project for the design of a state-of-the-art next generation LPG carrier. LPGreen aims is to develop a more energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and safer vessel for the transportation of LPG products, taking into account existing and future trading patterns and ensuring the overall competitiveness of the concept. The project will incorporate the latest advances in hull form optimisation, cargo handling systems, engine technology and fuelling options. The resulting concept design will be compliant with the new IGC Code.
DNV GL has brought together experts from across the industry for this project, including Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Wärtsilä, MAN Diesel & Turbo and Consolidated Marine Management (CMM), each contributing their unique expertise and experience.
“The project contains some of the industry’s technology leaders to bring innovation in practice, ” says George Dimopoulos, Principal Specialist at DNV GL’s Maritime R&D and Advisory unit in Greece who acts as the classification society’s Project Manager for LPGreen. “Using our partner’s experience, technology expertise and coupling it with state-of-the-art tools such as hull form CFD optimisation and COSSMOS for integrated machinery systems, we are confident that we will develop a competitive, compliant and safer concept vessel, with significant advances in a range of its features, ” he explains. The LPGreen project is planned to be completed by the end of this year.
The project partners will investigate the potential for hull form optimization, improved cargo handling and management systems as well as machinery systems integration using the DNV GL COSSMOS tool. An additional feasibility study will assess the total competiveness of the concept. The LPG concept vessel will include significant improvements in terms of its energy efficiency, environmental track record and the level of safety. The target is a concept that will be ready to be implemented as soon as the project is completed.
Consolidated Marine Management Inc (CMM), a company of Latsco Shipping Ltd., provides from offices in Greece, operational, technical, financial and ship building services to the ships owned by the corporate company. CMM is focused on the highest principles of quality, integrity, safety, health, protection of the environment and energy conservation, with long-established goals and short term targets for performance excellence, profitability and growth in the management of clean energy transportation vessels. CMM currently is operating a fleet of 19 product tankers and LPG carriers.
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s biggest shipbuilder and a leading integrated heavy industry company, is building a global network in the heavy industries arena that includes businesses in shipbuilding, offshore and engineering, industrial plant and engineering, engine and machinery, electro electric systems, construction equipment, and green energy. As the world’s leading shipyard since the 1980s, HHI can deliver about 80 ships or 7 million GT annually from 10 dry docks. In March 2012, HHI becomes the first shipbuilder in the world to reach 100 million GT in ship production. HHI has been playing a leading role in developing new ship designs, advancing shipbuilding technology, and enhancing ship performance.
Wärtsilä is a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world with approximately 18, 800 employees. Wärtsilä Gas Systems is supplier of cargo handling systems to all types- and sizes of gas carriers. In 2015 totally 38 gas carriers were delivered including Wärtsilä plants for handling; LPG, Ethane, Ethylene, Ammonia, LNG reliquefaction and LNG regasification. Fuel Gas Supply Systems and Dual Fuel Engines was included as scope from Wärtsilä to some of these ships.
About MAN Diesel & Turbo
MAN Diesel & Turbo is the world’s leading provider of large-bore diesel engines and turbomachinery. The company employs around 14, 500 staff at more than 100 international sites, primarily in Germany, Denmark, France, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, India and China. The company’s product portfolio includes two-stroke and four-stroke engines for marine and stationary applications, turbochargers and propellers as well as gas and steam turbines, compressors and chemical reactors. The range of services and supplies is rounded off by complete solutions like ship propulsion systems, engine-based power plants and turbomachinery trains for the oil & gas as well as the process industries. Customers receive worldwide after-sales services marketed under the MAN PrimeServ brand.
About DNV GL
Driven by its purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. Operating in more than 100 countries, the company’s 15, 000 professionals are dedicated to helping their customers in the maritime, oil & gas, energy and other industries to make the world safer, smarter and greener. For more information visit www.dnvgl.com/maritime