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ABS grants AIP for LNG tank design

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Tanks and Terminals,

ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) for a new Moss-type LNG tank design concept developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI).

Designated as an IMO Type B independent tank, this concept takes a new approach by applying a non-spherical tank design to increase the use of space on board an LNG carrier. KHI states that the non-spherical design concept allows Panamax-size LNG carriers to expand their total carrying capacity to 180 000 m³.

In issuing its AIP, ABS reviewed the strength and fatigue analysis to support KHI in demonstrating the feasibility of the new concept.

ABS Vice President for Global Gas Solutions, Patrick Janssens, said: “We are pleased to issue this AIP that further demonstrates our commitment to technology advancements and safety […] KHI’s concept applies the latest technologies, introducing new efficiencies and innovations that promote a safer and more sustainable shipping industry.”

KHI Ship & Offshore Company General Manager for the Engineering Division, Hideaki Naoi, said: “As the Panama Canal expands and LNG demand increases, owners and operators are looking to gain efficiencies without compromising safety […] This new concept adds 15% more carrying capacity while maintaining the size of the new Panamax tankers. By working with a proven technology leader like ABS, we were able to prove the feasibility of this innovative design.”

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