Bureau Veritas classes first newbuilding LNG-fuel oil/chemical tanker
Classification society Bureau Veritas has classed the first LNG-fuelled newbuilding oil/chemical tanker, the 15,000 dwt Ternsund, built under BV class at Avic Dingheng, China and delivered to Denmark’s Terntank Rederi at the end of June 2016. The new vessel is the result of close co-operation between Terntank, Avic and Bureau Veritas. The Ternsund is the first of a series of four ships all equipped with the Wärtsilä RT-flex50-D dual-fuel low-speed engine. This is the first installation of such engine and it was done under BV class. In early August the vessel became the first ever ship to take on LNG as bunker fuel in the port of Rotterdam, qualifying for an LNG bunkering premium equal to a ten per cent reduction in port dues. Philippe Donche-Gay, President of Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Division says, “We led the way globally classing dual-fuel gas carriers and we are now leading the way with newbuildings of different ship types using LNG as fuel. Step by step shipping is moving to cleaner fuels and Bureau Veritas is helping it to do that safely and with confidence.” Ternsund is an IMO Type 2 oil/chemical tanker able to carry 9 grades of cargo in 16 different tanks. It will operate in North European waters under charter to a Finnish company. The Wärtsilä RT-flex50-D dual-fuel low-speed engine will deliver 5,850 kW propelling the 147 m LOA vessel via a CPP propeller delivering a service speed of 14.5 knots. LNG as fuel is stored on board in 2 Type C tanks on deck containing 315 cu m of LNG each.