The South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has received approval in principle from the Londonbased classification society Lloyd’s Register for an LNG-fuelled 250,000dwt class very large ore carrier (VLOC).
Following the announcement of the IMO’s SOx emission limitations from 2020, there has been a growing demand for innovative and environmentally friendly designs to replace traditional oil-fuelled ship designs. In response, HHI has focused its efforts on LNG-fuelled ships.
John Angelicoussis’s Anangel Maritime Services, Woodside Energy, Lloyd’s Register and HHI began a joint project last year to develop the LNG-fuelled 250,000dwt VLOC design which is aimed at the trade route from North West Australia to North Asia and based on WingGD’s XDF engine.
The project’s main objective is to achieve the lowest practical incremental capital and operating costs to help LNG as a fuel compete against other post-2020 compliance options for bulk carriers.
• Anangel, as the ship owner and operator, provided practical advice on the design concept from its extensive fleet operation experience.
• Woodside, as the LNG supplier, provided information on the outlook for LNG bunkering infrastructure in the region and outlook for LNG against other fuels.
• HHI completed the optimized design of the VLOC with the LNG-fuelled system, and
• Lloyd’s Register facilitated the highlevel hazard identification (HAZID) in order to identify the major hazards and verify the safety of the vessel design. It then provided class approval and issued an Approval In Principle to HHI.