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LNG bunker tanker design at Nor-Shipping

Swedish firm presents design for bunker tanker that delivers liquefied natural gas.





Updated on 11 Jun 2009 09:51 GMT

Swedish ship design firm FKAB Marine Design has this week presented a newly-developed design for a bunker tanker that delivers liquefied natural gas (LNG) to ships as marine fuel.

The LNG bunker tanker design, named L1, has been introduced at this week's Nor-Shipping 2009 trade fair in Oslo.

FKAB said the design has been developed as a result of the company's quest to create sustainable solutions for ships without renouncing the commercial aspects of shipping.

It follows two years of research where FKAB has identified natural gas in liquefied form (LNG) as a realistic alternative to conventional fuels on ships. It has closely monitored the development and spent significant resources in evaluating the pros and cons for different types of vessels.

As a result of FKAB's efforts to evaluate potential LNG solutions, the company presented its FESC (FKAB Environmental Ship Concept) at the RoRo2008 in Gothenburg.

FESC is based on its R13-design and highlights the potential benefits of alternative fuels and emission abatement technologies on ships. Within this concept one of the main topics was the implementation of a LNG propulsion system.

Since the launch of FESC, FKAB has continuously kept up the development and focus on gas-propelled solutions through a number of customer-commissioned projects whilst simultaneously spending in-house resources on research and development.

Areas on which FKAB has focused its attention are:

*Rules and regulations, both present and approaching changes

*Both available, as well as upcoming, engine-options and techniques

*Tank-technologies and handling of fuel

*Ventilation

*Misc safety-aspects on the use of gas on ships

*Fuel-logistics and availability, regionally as well as locally

*Price

*Fuel-economy

FKAB has reportedly been working on the current L1 bunker vessel design for around a month for a client in North Europe.

Personnel from FKAB will be present at Nor-Shipping's stand number A1-07k as a part of the SMTF project Green Shipping.

For further information please find contact details for FKAB below:

Telephone: +46 522 981 00
Fax: +46 522 168 76
Email: info@fkab.se
Website: www.fkab.se






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