Leading international classification
society Bureau Veritas is to class two innovative projects for gas-fuelled
vessels to be built for Canadian owners in Turkish shipyards.
British Columbia-based Seaspan Ferries
has chosen BV class for two hybrid LNG/diesel/battery-powered ro-ro cargo
ferries which will be built at the Sedef yard in Turkey.
Quebec-based Transport Desgagnes,
meanwhile, has chosen BV class for two 14,000 dwt gas-fuelled asphalt/product
tankers to be built at Besiktas.
Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive
Vice-President and Managing Director of the Marine & Offshore Division,
Bureau Veritas, says, “BV really knows LNG. We have extensive experience of
handling LNG and using LNG as a fuel with our gas carrier fleet. Our ability to
deploy that expertise for the benefit of shipyards and owners who are both
breaking new ground was crucial to these owners entrusting BV with the
classification of these vessels.”
The 148.9 m Seaspan ferries are due for
delivery in 2016 and will operate on Canada’s west coast, carrying up to 59
trailers at speeds of up to 16 knots propelled by azimuthing drives. Twin
dual-fuel W9L 34DF generators will be able to burn LNG from one single 200 cbm
Type C tank below the main deck and there will be a hybrid battery pack power
supply for generating zero emissions energy at quay or during manoeuvring and
for any low-load operation.
The Transport Desgagnes tankers will
have two 300 cbm Type C LNG tanks on the deck
powering the dual-fuel ME 5RT Flex 50 DF main engine and two 6L20DF
engines and one 8L20DF auxiliary engine and two 3000 kW boilers.
Donche-Gay says, “Now that IMO has
updated and adopted the IGF Code, the regulatory worries which were holding
back owners have been removed and there are a host of new gas fuel projects
about to start as owners take advantage of this clean and economical fuel. BV’s
expertise in risk assessment complements its experience with gas carriers,
which is why we are the class of choice for innovative gas fuel projects. We
are currently engaged in gas fuel conversion or newbuilding projects involving
chemical tankers, small-scale LNG tankers, LNG bunker tankers, cargo and
passenger ferries, product tankers and tugs, and we expect to announce more in
the near future.”
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