LR Awards Jiangnan AiP For 91000 M3 VLGC Panda 91T Design

LR Awards Jiangnan AiP For 91000 M3 VLGC Panda 91T Design

LR Awards Jiangnan AiP For 91000 M3 VLGC Panda 91T Design

In a ceremony at Gastech 2019 which is being held at Houston, Texas, Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co. Ltd. was awarded with the Approval in Principle by LR. This was for Jiangnan’s 91,000 m3 Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC).

The design is named ‘Panda 917’. It includes an LPG dual fuelled main engine and fuel gas system. It also has an optional air lubrication system. The Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) is approximately 40% lower than the base value thereby improving the efficiency of the VLGC design.

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In accordance with LR’s ShipRight Procedure for Risk-Based designs, LR provided a basic-level hazard identification (HAZID) workshop for the LPG fuel supply system and associated technology. This therefore confirmed that the design meets international regulations and LR classification Rules. The construction and classification of the ship for the carriage of liquefied gases in bulk and for gases or other low-flashpoints fuels is also according to the regulations.

“Jiangnan has secured seven VLGC contracts of Panda 86P this year with great support from LR, but considering LPG fuel capacity for a round trip, more than 6,000 cubic metres tank volume may be required. How to capture more space for gas and still keep full compatibility, ship dimensions, draught, manifold height, identical with conventional VLGC – Jiangnan’s designers were facing a big challenge.” Hu Keyi, Chief of Global Technology of Jiangnan Shipyard said. “With the help of the design philosophy of “BrilliancE” type B tank developed for a Very Large Ethane Carrier (VLEC), Jiangnan has sufficient confidence to revolutionise hull configuration of traditional VLGCs.” Hu Keyi added. “Although Panda 91T has received an AiP certificate from LR today, Jiangnan has performed a lot of essential engineering works for Panda 91T, and related class approval activities have been done as well. Panda 91T is now ready!”

Mark Darley, LR’s LR North Asia President, awarding the AiP commented: “This is a great milestone of our longstanding relationship with Jiangnan, demonstrating the shipyard’s strong design capability in VLGCs and its clear understanding of our Rules and Regulations which we have rewarded with this AiP. We are proud to be part of the ‘new’ generation of such VLGCs, offering unique expertise to this gas ship market, and continue to support our customers in the delivery of safe, efficient and sustainable operations across the entire gas supply chain.”

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