Dutch shipbuilding giant Damen on Thursday revealed a range of liquefied gas carriers designs as a response to the changes in the LNG bunkering market in the recent years.
More and more shipowners are turning to liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel due to tighter emission controls and operational benefits.
“Emissions regulations are getting tighter every day. Ships need to reduce their emissions – and one way to do that is LNG,” Bastiaan Schurink, Damen Shipyards Bergum’s Design & Proposal Marketeer said in a statement.
“Indeed, following the establishment of the emissions control areas (ECAs), ship owners are looking for solutions to meet new legislation. Of course there are other ways, but LNG is a preferred method to reduce not only SOx and NOx, but also a substantial amount of CO2 emissions,” he added.
There is a growing number of European LNG bunkering projects that have been initiated by oil and gas majors.
In response to these developments, Damen unveiled its range of liquefied gas carriers which designs meet a variety of capacity requirements for the small-scale market, from 500-cbm to 7,500-cbm capacity, the company said.
Besides LNG, these vessels will be capable of transporting all other types of liquefied gases such as LPG and VCM, according to Damen.
Damen said its designs use “industry-recognised tank layouts” provided by suppliers specialising in cryogenic gas handling systems and tanks. Vaporised LNG can also be used for propulsion or auxiliary engines.
“At the moment this is a small niche market – but it’s up and coming,” said Schurink.
He added that besides the European LNG bunkering market these developments are picking up in North America as well as the feeder markets in Indonesia and the Mediterranean.