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Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has presented an Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate to TECHNOLOG for the LNG-fueled IPP-designed STREAM range of 3,000 TEU to 5000 TEU liner or feeder vessels designed for worldwide service.

At GL we see the development of LNG as a fuel for shipping as a key part of the industry’s drive to curb costs, reduce emissions, and remain the world’s most efficient means of transporting goods. The spread of LNG technology will not only allow the industry to improve its overall environmental footprint, but to remain competitive in an era of rising bunkering costs

—Dr. Pierre Sames, Head of GL’s Research and Rule Development Department

The entire vessel design concept is focused around saving energy. A single screw is directly driven by a dual-fuel, two-stroke, 22.9 MW engine developed specifically for LNG applications by MAN. The same dual-fuel system is used for the auxiliary power generators and boilers. Exhaust gas boilers and waste heat recovery equipment are also included in the design.

The LNG fuel systems for the STREAM were developed jointly with TGE Marine Gas Engineering and include a fixed bunker tank inside the vessel and a novel portable deck-mounted LNG tank system which can be used to provide extra capacity. For bunkering, the fuel containers will be connected to a docking station currently in development.

Rendering of a 4,200 TEU STREAM container vessel. Click to enlarge.

The hull lines of the STREAM have been optimized by HSVA (Hamburgische Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt) experts and the application of tools, methods and expertise from GL’s FutureShip unit to minimise fuel consumption as well as resistance in water and air while maximizing cargo capacity and ensuring maximum stability. With the support from the GL Company FutureShip, the designers were able to model a large number of design variants, select the traits desired, and then modify the best variants to arrive at an optimal hull form. Improved hull lines allow installation of a highly efficient, relatively slow-running propeller from project partner MMG (Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH). A Becker Marine rudder provides maximum maneuverability.

The STREAM 4200 LNG’s 32.25-meter beam allows passage through the existing Panama Canal locks. A draft of 10.50m to 12.00m means the vessel can operate worldwide, including the Kiel Canal (future dimensions) between the Baltic and North Sea. The vessel is subdivided into several double 40-foot holds. The forward hold is covered and designed to carry dangerous goods. The cargo holds behind this are of open-top design, including the hold behind the superstructure located semi-aft.

The forward mooring arrangement is fully sheltered by a large cover which forms an integrated part of the unique wave-breaking structure. The aft one is covered by the aft container stack. The layout can be configured to suit multiple shipping routes, with optimal flexibility as it is based on existing technology.

Looking ahead to 2020, our projections suggest that when we compare the operation of the STREAM against a conventional vessel in an emissions control area (ECA), we arrive at a conservative estimate of fuel cost savings in the region of 30 per cent. With this design we show that it is no longer just a dream to build environmentally friendly vessels, which operate both economically and fulfill regulatory requirements.

—Hans-Jürgen Voigt, Managing Director of TECHNOLOG


Henry Gibson

Dual fuel LNG is the best fuel option for ships. New Stirling refrigerators can keep the fuel liquid if necessary. All moving vehicles should use some portion of natural gas as part of their fuel. CNG or LNG or even autogas is cheaper than petroleum. ..HG..

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