Imabari wins ClassNK AiP for Cape dimension LPG twin sustained bulker


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Imabari Shipyard

Classification culture ClassNK has actually provided Imabari Shipbuilding Co.,Ltd an Approval in Principle for its principle layout of a 180,000 DWT LPG twin sustained mass service provider created together with Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

This is the globe’s very first AiP for an LPG twin sustained bulker.

“One of the merits of this design,” states Imabari, “is that it eliminates the necessity for special consideration of boil-off gas by handling LPG at room temperature and high pressure, which makes the ship’s operation easier. In addition, the ship has been designed with extensive consideration towards cost competitiveness by eliminating the of use low-temperature materials such as stainless steel and cryogenic insulation. LPG tank is planned/designed to be installed in the aft area of the bridge and with round-trip distance capacity between Japan and Australia.”

Imabari keeps in mind that one more inspiration for development of the layout is that “nowadays, LPG supply bases and infrastructure facilities are globally more developed and improved, which makes the ship’s operation more flexible. This is another motivation to create this design.”

The AiP for the principle layout was based upon ClassNK’s Guidelines for Ships Using Low-Flashpoint Fuels as well as its Rule Part GF (guideline for ships making use of low-flashpoint gas) integrating “International Code of Safety for Ships making use of Gases or various other Low- flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), the existing IMORes MSC.391( 95) as well as the MSC.458( 101) modification prepared for launch in 2024.

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