Korean shipbuilder Daehan Shipbuilding (DHSC) has received accreditation for a new LNG-fuelled Aframax tanker design.
The 115,000 deadweight-tonne tanker design received Approval in Principle from standards agency DNV GL, paving the way for it to progress to fabrication. The joint development project undertaken by DHSC and DNV GL focussed on producing a design that is tailored to these emerging regulatory and market trends.
“We believe the completion of this joint development project will allow us to take a competitive position in a challenging market. Eco-friendly designs enabled DHCS to win newbuilding orders. The result of the JDP will be another enabler for us to strengthen our marketing strategy,” Yong-Duk Park, CEO of DHSC, said.
DHSC targets LNG growth
Located in Cheonnam Dom, South Korea, DHSC features an industrial complex of over 2 million square meters and has backed a strategy to increase fabrication of LNG vessels following government plans to make the country the country a leader in LNG-related shipbuilding.
“Widening and deepening the technical expertise is essential to achieve DHSC’s vision to be the best medium-sized shipyard in Korea. DNV GL is the right partner to accomplish this,” Park commented.
Following a global downturn in new orders, South Korea’s shipyards have struggled in recent years, losing their position as the world’s largest shipbuilding sector was the largest in the world and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries has called for greater support for shipyards building LNG-fuelled vessels.
Shipping industry progress
As the world's largest classification society, responsible for 13,175 vessels and mobile offshore units, DNV GL has been a strong supporter of LNG as an alternative fuel for global shipping.
“This AiP is another concrete indication that the shipping industry is progressing in reducing its environmental impact… We are pleased to deliver this AiP to DHSC after an intensive six-month project and successful completion,” Vidar Dolonen, Regional Manager at DNV GL, said.
Headquartered in Bærum in Norway, DNV GL also provides a range of technical consultancy to the energy and transport sectors.