The next generation ultra-large liquefied carbon dioxide (LCO2) carrier for Hyundai Heavy Industries Group (HHI) and Hyundai Glovis has received an approval in principle (AIP) at Gastech from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Administrator.

The 74,000 cu m design builds on the 40,000 cu m ’super gap’ technology developed in 2021 by HHI, Hyundai Glovis, G-Marine Service, and Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering Co. (KSOE).

A total of nine cylindrical tanks were applied to maximise the load carried and LNG-fuelled propulsion engines were installed in response to environmental regulations.

ABS approved the basic carrier design and the RMI Maritime Administrator provided acceptance of design and equivalent arrangements as required.

Executives from HHI, KSOE, Hyundai Glovis, and the RMI Maritime Administrator joined ABS at Gastech for the presentation of the AIP certificates.

Gareth Burton, ABS Vice President, Technology, said it is committed to supporting the safe adoption of these technologies across the industry.

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ABS has also granted approval in principle (AIP) to CSSC Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding CO., and China Ship Design & Research Center Co. (CSDC) for the world’s first methanol-powered Newcastlemax bulk carrier.

Yu Dexin, General Manager of CSDC, said, “As early as 2016, CSDC realised the feasibility of methanol as a decarbonisation fuel for ships and carried out relevant design and research continuously. In the research and development of this ship, we used our knowledge and experiences to make the ship have a good technical maturity and high reliability.”

The dual-fuel, 210,000 dwt vessel is also equipped with the methanol tank capacity to fully meet endurance requirements on methanol fuel alone.

Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology, said, “Methanol as marine fuel is a promising fuel with the potential to support the industry’s journey to low- and zero-carbon operations.”

ABS is involved in multiple methanol-fueled projects with leading operators.

The M/V George III, built by Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, Texas, was recently delivered to ABS Class and is the first LNG-powered containership in the Pasha Hawaii fleet.