LNG development consortium the Green Corridor Joint Industry Project (JIP) has concluded work to design an LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax for transport of iron ore and coal from Australia to China.
The ambitious cross-industry collaboration has brought together key stakeholders from the mining, shipping and classification standards sectors. Partners have included Australian miners BHP, Fortescue Metals Group and Rio Tinto, shipping lines MOL, U-Ming and China Merchant Energy Shipping, LNG supplier Woodside and Shell Eastern Petroleum, ship designer SDARI, and classification society DNV.
“The partners have made great progress in developing greener, more efficient, and future-proof designs. Innovations delivered will benefit not only ore and coal carriers, but the entire bulk segment,” Morten Løvstad, DNV GL’s Business Director for bulk carriers.
The various stakeholders from the Australia–China iron ore and coal trade route formed JIP in 2016 following confirmation in 2016 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of its planned 0.5 per cent global sulphur cap.
“This collaborative project has demonstrated that there is a cleaner way to ship Australia’s largest export commodities to market using LNG as a marine fuel. Woodside will continue to work with industry partners to develop this opportunity,” Meg O’Neill, Woodside Chief Operations Officer, said.
Australia–China Green Corridor sustainability
Since the project launch, the partners have contributed to detailed work on the commercially viable and safe design of a 210,000 deadweight-tonne LNG-fuelled bulk carrier. Concluding Pahse 1a this received Approval in Principle (AiP) from DNV GL in 2017.
“We look forward to the project results being put into action to ensure sustainability in the Australia–China Green Corridor for the coming decades… we will continue to invest to stay ahead of the technological developments,” U C. K. Ong, president of U-Ming, comments.
Throughout the course of the two-year project, the JIP partners have investigated a range of bunkering issues including compatibility and safety studies for ship-to-ship bunkering as well as developing economic calculations to demonstrate a more robust business case for LNG as fuel.
“The cooperation between partners has in itself been invaluable, and the results will help to secure the sustainability of the route for the future… DNV GL is very pleased to have been the project manager and collaborating classification society in such a productive and beneficial project,” Løvstad concludes.