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Probunkers, ABS sign JDP for LNG bunker vessels

JDP covers fleet regulatory compliance; identifying technical challenges and solutions; and suitability analysis of available technologies.



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Updated on 28 Jun 2018 08:32 GMT

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has signed a joint development program (JDP) with new LNG bunker company Probunkers to provide technical support on the design of a fleet of specialist LNG bunker vessels for key ports around the world.

Probunkers aims to design, build, own and operate a fleet of LNG supply vessels for deliveries in seven ports initially: Busan, Fujairah, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Houston and Rotterdam (or, alternatively, Antwerp).

As part of the JDP, ABS will work with Probunkers to provide regulatory compliance guidance for the fleet as well as define applicable rules and standards.

ABS will also identify technical and operational challenges and advise on technological solutions in a range of areas including, but not limited to, capacity, dimensions of the vessels in relation to port restrictions, required power and speed, propulsion and manoeuvring systems.

Suitability analysis of available technologies for cargo containment, LNG handling and transfer systems and boil-off handling systems is another key aspect of the JDP.

Alexander Prokopakis, chief executive of Probunkers, said: "Our vision is to become the premier global bunker supplier of LNG. Our collaboration with ABS will play a key role in realizing our ambition to build a reliable global-scale bunkering network that will support the future of Sustainable Shipping and Green Energy."

"With its low sulfur emissions, LNG is an attractive proposition for shipowners and operators responding to the 2020 Sulphur Cap. However, lack of bunkering infrastructure has been one of the key constraints on its adoption. ABS is proud to play a part in addressing that issue with Probunkers," remarked ABS Vice President for Global Business Development, Peter Fitzpatrick.

"As a global leader in LNG, ABS has a wealth of expertise to help Probunkers meet the technical and operational challenges that a project of this scale and ambition will need to overcome," he added.






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