South Korea has started building a small liquefied natural gas bunkering vessel as part of a project backed by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.
A steel-cutting ceremony to mark the construction of the 500
cubic meter capacity LNG bunkering barge for coastal use was held on May 6, the
ministry said in a statement.
This will be a first for South Korea as the vessel features
only local technology.
The vessel, that will also feature LNG-powered propulsion is
slated for delivery in 2021.
It should start LNG bunkering operations in 2023 after one
year of sea trials.
The LNG bunkering barge will be able to supply more than
five coastal vessels on a single charge, according to the ministry.
To remind, Korean Register granted approval in principle to
South Korea’s Trans Gas Solution last year for their 500-cbm LNG bunkering
The project is a part of a new coastal LNG bunkering system
being developed in South Korea to serve LNG-fuelled ships.
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries is funding the
development while the project is led by the Korea Research Institute of Ships
& Ocean Engineering (KRISO).
Besides KRIS0, project participants include steel-maker
POSCO, shipbuilder EK Heavy Industries, pressure vessel builder Mytec and LNG
fuelling station developer Valmax.
Trans Gas Solution will oversee the development of the
control system of the vessel including the cargo handling system.