06 February 2018 – Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) is scheduled to deliver the world’s first ballast free LNG bunkering vessel later this year. The 7,600m³ vessel was ordered by Germany-based Bernhard Schulte Ship management in late 2016 and is currently under construction to Lloyd’s Register (LR) class at HMD’s Ulsan shipyard.
Another key feature of this vessel that enables it to be ballast-free is the twin propulsion system with two azimuth thrusters. The smaller diameter of propellers fitted in the azimuth thrusters enables the vessel to achieve full immersion in all operational conditions.
* If unsure of its application you should take specialist advice. However the Convention is not generally intended to apply to: ships not carrying ballast water, domestic ships, ships that only operate in waters under the jurisdiction of one party and on the high seas, warships, naval auxiliary or other ships owned or operated by a state (although states are encouraged to adopt appropriate measures to ensure that the ships act in a manner consistent with the Convention), or permanent ballast water in sealed tanks on ships, which is not subject to discharge.