Korea Register, Daewoo Complete STS LNG Bunkering Trial
South Korean classification society Korean Register (KR) and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) have completed a ship-to-ship (STS) LNG bunkering trial, KR said on December 10.
The SM JEJU LNG2 supplied LNG in the STS trial to a 173,400-m3 LNG carrier. The demonstration test took place at DSME’s Okpo shipyard from November 24-26.
KR said it has been working with DSME since they signed a memorandum of understanding on joint research for LNG bunkering last August. The collaboration is part of a partnership agreement for LNG bunkering/transport work with Korean shipyards with the aim of developing standards for LNG bunkering procedures in Korea.
“Applying its extensive safety engineering technology, KR has identified a diverse range of potential hazards through its risk assessments for STS LNG loading/transport operations between two ships and has suggested effective ways to reduce that risk to DSME,” it said.
KR added that a safer work environment and safety work procedures for workers have been created as a result of a comprehensive study looking at the establishment of ‘control zones’ around the two ships during LNG transportation.