New technologies for a greener shipping industry: The world’s first LNG-powered bulk carrier

Interview with Professor KangKi Lee, Full Professor, Offshore Department at National Korea Maritime & Ocean University.

Q: The world’s first LNG-powered bulk carrier has recently been announced by a number of leading gas companies in South Korea. Mr Lee, considering your key role in the project, could you tell us more about it and explain why it represents an important step-up for the industry?

KangKi Lee: Under the slogan of “Greener Shipping”, a team of experts has gathered from POSCO-KOGAS-ILSHIN-Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD)-Hyundai Heavy Industry (HHI)-KR-LR-MDT-GEC. They will strive for a greener shipbuilding and shipping through the project of LNG fuelled 50,000 dwt bulk carrier. This project was introduced by POSCO, a multinational steel-making company famous for its development of the cost-competitive and cryogenic high-Mn steel for LNG storage. POSCO will deliver LNG fuel tank. Korean ship owner, ILSHIN has expressed their vigorous will to pursue the Green Fleet. HMD, as a shipbuilding contractor, will build this state of the art ship.

The vessel will be powered by a MAN B&W 6G50ME-C9.5-GI engine, which is considered as the best of its kind. The engine will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industry who will provide the ME-GI and fuel-gas supply system in cooperation with MAN Diesel & Turbo. Korean Register (KR) and Lloyd’s Register (LR) will provide dual classification and certification for the ship design, verifying the compliance with the International Gas Fuel (IGF) Code. It is a significant step forward for....

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