LNG-fuelled very large ore carrier (VLOC) joint design programme announced

Thursday, 06 April 2017

6 April 2017 - Woodside Energy Ltd., Anangel Maritime Services Inc., Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., General Electric Company and Lloyd’s Register set out their intention to commence work on a joint project with an announcement at Gastech 2017.

The joint design programme is aimed at exploring the suitability of technologies for large ships, such as VLOC. Since the introduction of IMO nitrogen oxide and sulphur oxide emission limitations, and the increased developments in the global supply of gas, there is a continued need for ship designs to evolve to provide further alternatives to traditional oil-fuelled designs.

In this regard, the novel ship propulsion design burning natural gas is considered as the most favourable option and the adoption of novel gas storage, supply and propulsion technologies are not only environmentally-friendly but also provide a wealth of possibilities for cost-efficient design and operation.

The next generation of cost efficient and environmentally-friendly large ships are best defined by the design development of an alternative propulsion system, improved asset safety and reliability. The agreement outlines the joint design project for a conventional dual-fuel powered VLOC incorporating proved technologies. The next stage of the joint design programme will then investigate the design and benefits of highly efficient next-generation LNG fuelled propulsion systems.

A programme of work has been agreed by the joint parties to address design, construction and operational aspects including LNG bunkering, with the aim to create a new generation of cost efficient, safe, reliable and above all, environmentally-optimised design for large ore carriers.

About Lloyd’s Register
Lloyd’s Register (LR) is a global engineering, technical and business services organisation wholly owned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to research and education in science and engineering. Founded in 1760 as a marine classification society, LR now operates across many industry sectors, with some 8,000 employees in 78 countries.

LR has a long-standing reputation for integrity, impartiality and technical excellence. Its compliance, risk and technical consultancy services give clients confidence that their assets and businesses are safe, sustainable and dependable. Through its global technology centres and research network, LR is at the forefront of understanding the application of new science and technology to future-proof its clients’ businesses. www.lr.org

About Hyundai Heavy Industries
In an effort to improve management efficiency and sharpen its core competitiveness, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group, the world’s biggest shipbuilder and a leading integrated heavy industries group is recently spun off into four independent companies; Hyundai Heavy Industries, Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems, Hyundai Construction Equipment and Hyundai Robotics.

The new Hyundai Heavy Industries now with Shipbuilding, Offshore & Engineering, and Engine & Machinery Division has delivered more than 2,000 plus quality ships to 305 ship owners in 51 countries since its foundation in 1972. HHI is continually enhancing its leadership position in the world shipbuilding industry, in collaboration with its affiliated shipbuilding companies Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and Hyundai Samho Industries. Moving forward, HHI will continue to strengthen its global standing as the world’s leading heavy industries company by providing total ship and marine solutions for its valued clients across a diverse selection of industries. For more information, please visit www.hyundaiheavy.com

About Woodside
Woodside is Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company with a global portfolio, recognised for our world-class capabilities – as an explorer, a developer, a producer and supplier of energy. The company’s producing assets in the north-west of Australia are among the world’s best facilities, including the North West Shelf Project and the Pluto LNG Plant. Woodside’s global exploration portfolio includes emerging and frontier provinces in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, the Atlantic margins and Sub-Saharan Africa. Woodside believes collaborative innovation is key to future growth.

About GE
GE’s marine gas turbine business is part of GE Aviation and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. GE is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of marine propulsion products, systems and solutions including aeroderivative gas turbines ranging from 6,000 to 70,275 shaft horsepower/4.5 to 52 megawatts. These gas turbines reliably operate the world over in some of the most arduous conditions in temperatures ranging from -40 to 120F/-40 to 48C. For more information, visit http://ge.com/marine

Nicola Eyles
Head of Brand & External Relations, Marine & Offshore
Lloyd’s Register

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