Space tech LNG project receives ABS maritime use approval


The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has granted design approval to a pioneering project that intends to adapt technology developed for use in space to maritime liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel tanks.

SpaceTech4Sea is a European Union funded collaborative effort between ABS, OceanFinance and Cimarron Composites to realise the potential of composite space technology for use within the shipping industry, specifically as a more cost-effective alternative to marine LNG fuel tanks.

The project, which received €1m funding, will explore whether this alternative fuel tank technology will be suitable for primarily small, short sea shipping applications where weight must be considered.

Receiving Approval in Principle from ABS in September 2019, ABS Design Approval means the next step is a physical vessel installation of the space-age technology.

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