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Friday, August 9, 2019 

Classification society DNV GL has awarded Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) and Namura Shipbuilding a joint Approval in Principle (AiP) for a new LNG-fuelled Ore Carrier concept design.

The new design offers the same deadweight and service speed as the reference Wozmax vessel - a second generation ore carrier with the optimum size to transport iron ore from western Australia - while meeting EEDI phase 3 requirements. The new LNG-fuelled design modifies the cargo hold and locates the tanks in the midships, without changing the hull form or sacrificing significant cargo capacity. Operating on LNG the ship can undertake a round trip between Singapore and Brazil without needing to bunker.

“We were very pleased to work with “K” Line and Namura to approve this design,” said Stian Sollied, Country Manager Japan, DNV GL - Maritime. “It offers another avenue for shipowners to meet incoming environmental regulations, while remaining competitive in terms of cargo capacity. LNG is a solution that could help to shrink the shipping industry’s environmental footprint over the next few years and it is great to see new options in different ship types. We look forward to working with “K” Line and Namura to see this design in operation in the near future.”

DNV GL’s Maritime Forecast to 2050, part of the research behind the DNV GL Energy Transition Outlook 2018, projects that more than 10% of the world’s shipping fleet will be LNG-powered by 2030. The report anticipates that LNG-powered vessels will make up 23% of the world’s fleet by 2050.

AiP is an independent assessment of a concept within an agreed framework, confirming that the design is feasible and no significant obstacles exist to prevent the concept from being realized. The AiP is typically carried out at an early stage of a project to confirm its feasibility towards the project team itself, company management, external investors or future regulators.

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