An innovative liquefied natural gas (LNG) car and truck transporter design developed by French engineering firm GTT and Finnish ship designer Deltamarin has received approval in principle (AIP) from the Norwegian Classification Society DNV.
GTT and Deltamarin have cooperated in the development of a new bi-fuel PCTC design, capable of carrying 8000 CEU2. This design introduces a new generation of PCTC, incorporating GTT’s Mark III membrane LNG tank.
The AIP, presented to Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT and Kristian Knaapi, Commercial Director of Deltamarin, by Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV Maritime at the headquarters of the classification society, during the Nor-Shipping maritime show , held in Oslo this week, confirms that the design is feasible and that no barriers exist to prevent the concept from being built and operated.
GTT and Deltamarin have designed the most compact LNG system to optimize loading capacity and energy consumption while providing maximum LNG autonomy to vessels. The 2 bar gauge (barg) design pressure of the LNG fuel tank provides improved pressure holding capabilities and increased operational flexibility, especially during bunkering operations.
“We are quickly reaching a point where we will probably no longer talk about alternative fuels, but just a range of fuels for shipping,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV Maritime. “PCTC operators have been early adopters of less carbon-intensive fuels with enthusiasm. We are therefore delighted to award GTT and Deltamarin this AIP which we hope will facilitate the introduction of this technology into the PCTC segment. LNG is a proven ship fuel that allows owners and operators to lock in the benefits of CO2 reduction today, while planning low and zero operations in the future.
Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, said: “Following our references in LNG-powered container ships and cruise ships, we look forward to meeting the challenges of the LNG-powered PCTC with our membrane tank solution. adapted.