Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Another First for Norwegian Maritime Industry as OSV Design Wins Approval

Classification Society Awards Offshore Supply Vessel Approval in Principle
Shipping News Feature
NORWAY – WORLDWIDE – Classification society DNV GL has presented ShipInox with an Approval in Principle (AiP) for its new small-scale LNG carrier/bunker vessel design. With a length of 92 metres the ship will have a carrying capacity of 6,000 m3, the designers claim the vessel will be the first ever class-approved design based on an offshore supply vessel (OSV). Trond Hodne, Senior Vice President at DNV GL - Maritime, said:

“We are very proud that ShipInox asked us to be part of this interesting and innovative project. This design could be a viable option for owners looking to move into different segments in a challenging market, especially as the gas segment continues to gain importance in shipping.”

ShipInox is a Norwegian based company from Stavanger which has been established with the intention of bringing cost effective and custom-fit small-scale LNG (SSLNG) carriers to the market. Rune Østbøe, CEO of ShipInox, commented:

“The enthusiastic support we have received throughout the challenging development of this design makes us feel very humble. Not only DNV GL and the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA), but a diverse range of companies spanning Innovation Norway, to the LNG-specialists at Torgy, and Fearnleys have all enabled us to deliver on this design. We are now in a position where we can help to accelerate entries into small-scale LNG with this fast-to-market and low-cost LNG carrier.”

Johan Petter Tutturen, Business Director for Gas Carriers, DNV GL – Maritime, explained further, saying:

“This AiP is the result of an excellent cooperative process that included a feasibility workshop with the designers, the Norwegian Maritime Authorities, an OSV owner, and DNV GL experts. We have been able to ensure that this novel design is in full compliance with the 2016 IGC Code and with the relevant class rules. It is a testament to the expertise and engagement of all parties involved that we could realise this challenging concept, and we look forward to seeing the first projects hit the water.”

Interest in gas as a marine fuel is on the rise in the shipping industry. DNV GL’s most recent forecast predicts that by 2050 over 20% of total shipping energy will be provided by LNG. In the shorter term, with the Sulphur cap on fuel entering into force in January 2020, the combination of technical maturity, efficiency, availability, and emissions reduction means that LNG is a viable option for many vessels, especially for newbuilding projects. Karolina Lundgren, Norwegian Maritime Authority, said:

“Our strong focus on green shipping and fuel development and our experience in handling novel designs make us an asset in projects that challenge the standard set-up. We are pleased that Shiplnox decided to involve us early in the process. For future developments, it is a great advantage that the most problematic issues have been carefully considered both by Shiplnox and DNV GL and that the need for alternative designs has already been identified.”