LPGreen Blazes Path to Alternative Fuel

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On September 7, DNV GL announced that LPGreen, a joint development project between four maritime industry partners, has developed a new LPG carrier design featuring savings in total consumption for all stages of operation.

DNV GL believes that the successful outcome of an innovative project depends very much on the parties involved and in the case of the LPGreen design concept, Kostas Vlachos, COO of Consolidated Marine Management (CMM), believes the mix is perfect. “The LPGreen project could not have happened at a better time. With 2020 fast approaching, the shipping industry will have to make the right decisions in regard to the proper option and avoid spending a lot of money unnecessarily to meet the new regulations coming over the horizon.

This concept of LPG carriers offering the efficient option of burning LPG is new. Nothing like it has been developed in the past,” says Vlachos.

Athens-based gas carrier owner and operator CMM, a company of Latsco Shipping, is one of the four industry leaders partnering to develop the LPGreen concept design. By contributing the expertise of a ship operator, CMM is key to the project.

Apart from CMM, the partners to the LPGreen concept design project include the shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the cargo handling systems manufacturer Wärtsilä Oil & Gas (WAR), and DNV ­GL as the classification society.

Seeking to develop a safer and more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and competitive vessel for the transport of LPG products, the project utilizes the latest advances in machinery technology, ship design and operational experience. Within the bounds of existing shipbuilding methods it pursues the clear target of arriving at an LPG carrier concept design that can be ordered and built immediately.

DNV GL believes that the concept design for a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier capable of operating on LPG fuel will enable savings of five per cent to nine per cent in total consumption for loading, discharging as well as sailing in laden condition and under ballast, including chilling and maintaining pressure.

The LPGreen project,  pursues five main objectives: use LPG as a fuel, develop a highly fuel-efficient vessel, increase load rates to spend less time at terminals, and give utmost attention to both safety and an ergonomic arrangement of machinery to improve the safety of the ship personnel as well as ship operability.

 

The decisive factor that has made this innovative and practicable concept possible is close collaboration of representatives of all key industry segments — builders, vendors and class. “All the partners in this project have given their best, offering their knowledge and experience from their respective sectors,” Vlachos emphasizes.