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Monday, April 29, 2019 

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) reports that the two LNG-fuelled 113,000dwt oil tankers delivered to an Asian shipowner early this year have completed their first LNG bunkering at the port of Rotterdam in Netherlands and now begin operation as eco-friendly vessels.

The two tankers are the first LNG-fuelled vessels SHI has built at its own yard. The order was awarded at the end of 2015, and they were delivered in January and February 2019.

One of the main features of the two vessels is that they are fitted with a LNG supply system, ‘S-Fugas’, developed in-house by SHI, that is claimed to eliminate SOx emissions by 99%, NOx emissions by 85% and CO2 emissions by 25%. S-Fugas vaporises LNG at the temperature of -163C to supply the gas to the main engines and generators.

The ships additionally feature SHI's integrated smart ship solution, Intelliman ship software, which helps further increase operational safety of the vessels with its real-time monitoring function that shows changes in temperature and pressure, fuel level, etc in a LNG fuel tank not only on-board but on-shore. 

LNG as fuel is considered by SHI as a cheaper and more eco-friendly alternative than low sulphur oil and scrubber in the long run to meet the IMO 2020 regulations. SHI’s own LNG propulsion technology has helped it secure orders for 10 LNG-fuelled ships from international shipowners to date this year.  

SHI has applied various different shapes and materials to a LNG fuel tank system and different engines (high pressure/low pressure: MEGI, X-DF) in its aim to find an optimal solution.

“SHI’s competences have been proven when it comes to the fabrication of the entire LNG value chain from Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facilities, LNG carriers, LNG bunkering vessels, to LNG-fuelled vessels” said Dr Yong-Lae Shim, VP Ship and Offshore Research Institute, SHI. “SHI will continue working towards even better quality and costs by using more local vendors for materials and equipment and upgrading the system performance”.      

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