ShipInox’ OSV-based LNG bunker vessel design get AiP from DNV GL

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche
ShipInsight

04 April 2019


Classification society DNV GL has presented ShipInox with an Approval in Principle (AiP) for its new small-scale LNG carrier/bunker vessel design. It is the first ever class-approved design based on an offshore supply vessel (OSV). With a length of 92m the ship will have a carrying capacity of 6,000m3.

ShipInox is a Norwegian based company from Stavanger established in 2017 with the intention of bringing cost effective and custom-fit small-scale LNG carriers to the market. Further details of the vessel itself were not released although the rendering of the vessel suggests it is an ST-216 design from Skibsteknisk. Several variants of the type have been constructed since 2008.

Ship Inox
AiP signing in Norway with ShipInox

Interest in gas as a marine fuel is on the rise in the shipping industry. DNV GL’s most recent forecast predicts that by 2050 over 20 per cent of total shipping energy will be provided by LNG. In the shorter term, with the Sulphur cap on fuel entering into force in January 2020, the combination of technical maturity, efficiency, availability, and emissions reduction means that LNG is a viable option for many vessels, especially for newbuilding projects.

“The enthusiastic support we have received throughout the challenging development of this design makes us feel very humble,” said Rune Østbøe, CEO of ShipInox. “Not only DNV GL and the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA), but a diverse range of companies spanning Innovation Norway, to the LNG-specialists at Torgy, and Fearnleys have all enabled us to deliver on this design. We are now in a position where we can help to accelerate entries into small-scale LNG with this fast-to-market and low-cost LNG carrier.”

“We are very proud that ShipInox asked us to be part of this interesting and innovative project,” said Trond Hodne, Senior Vice President at DNV GL – Maritime. “This design could be a viable option for owners looking to move into different segments in a challenging market, especially as the gas segment continues to gain importance in shipping.”

“This AiP is the result of an excellent cooperative process that included a feasibility workshop with the designers, the Norwegian Maritime Authorities, an OSV owner, and DNV GL experts,” said Johan Petter Tutturen, Business Director for Gas Carriers, DNV GL – Maritime. “We have been able to ensure that this novel design is in full compliance with the 2016 IGC Code and with the relevant class rules. It is a testament to the expertise and engagement of all parties involved that we could realise this challenging concept, and we look forward to seeing the first projects hit the water.”

“Our strong focus on green shipping and fuel development and our experience in handling novel designs make us an asset in projects that challenge the standard set-up,” said Karolina Lundgren, Norwegian Maritime Authority. “We are pleased that Shiplnox decided to involve us early in the process. For future developments, it is a great advantage that the most problematic issues have been carefully considered both by Shiplnox and DNV GL and that the need for alternative designs has already been identified.”