A new facility aimed at testing and improving LNG bunkering equipment and methods is to be established following a tie up between US classification society ABS and the Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute (KOMERI).
The two parties have signed a MoU to create a new facility dedicated to improving the safety of LNG as fuel. ABS and KOMERI will collaborate on research at the shoreside facility, which will allow shipowners to safely test fuel gas and bunkering systems, under actual loading conditions, prior to installation onboard. Located in Busan, the facility will enable ship builders to optimise their onboard commissioning processes and provide enhanced opportunities for research and development of new technologies.
“The LNG FGSS and Bunkering Equipment Test Facility of KOMERI will provide certification and technical engineering aid to marine equipment companies that seek efficient advance testing technology and safe development of their equipment,” said Kong Gil-Young, KOMERI president. “KOMERI expects this will meet increasing market demand from around the world through verification and cooperation with ABS.”
“ABS is proud to partner with KOMERI on this important facility, which will help ensure safe and effective testing of new equipment and ultimately advance adoption of LNG,” said Peter Fitzpatrick, ABS Vice President, Global Business Development. “This project is another example of our commitment to advancing safety and evolution of new designs and applications for LNG as fuel.”
The MOU, signed at KOMERI Busan headquarters, allows the increase in the testing facility scope as relevant technologies and regulations develop in the coming years.