During Gastech 2023 in Singapore, Bureau Veritas (BV) formally issued its Approval in Principle (AiP) to the CSSC Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group for a new Liquified Natural Gas Carrier (LNGC) design. With a capacity of 271,000cbm, it will be the largest LNG Carrier in history, using the GTT NO 96 Membrane containment system in its 5 cargo tanks.
To deliver the AiP, BV performed a preliminary design review and HAZID (hazard identification) analysis to help ensure the highest levels of safety, feasibility, and performance of this design in compliance with applicable classification Rules and Regulations.
I wish to express how impressed we are with CSSC Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group and their ambition to design and build the largest LNGC yet. BV has been very pleased to participate, and we sincerely thank CSSC Hudong-Zhonghua for their trust and commitment in this project and the very close cooperation we have enjoyed. Accordingly, I am delighted to issue the Approval in Principle to this landmark project, reflecting Hudong-Zhonghua’s LNG carrier leadership role in the Chinese shipbuilding industry.
MATTHIEU DE TUGNY, President Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore
Song Wei, Chief Engineer of Hudong-Zhonghua said: “Hudong-Zhonghua acknowledges BV’s strong technical expertise on LNG Carrier, and thanks for BV’s contribution during the joint developments of this Global Max type 271K m3 LNGC. Hudong-Zhonghua is very honored to receive this Approval in Principle from BV, which brings a new noticeable member of our G5 ever constant series family. For a Max type 271K LNGC, the CII will be about 23% lower than a conventional 174K LNGC,which will offer enhanced operation flexibility to global customers to meet with fast increasing shipping demand.”