Russia's marine registry, GTT to study Arctic LNG propulsion
Russia's Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) said on June 10 it would work with France's GTT to improve knowledge and understanding of the challenges that LNG-fuelled ships face in Arctic conditions. GTT, a specialist in membrane fuel tanks for LNG, will provide a technical review of new rules and guidelines that RS is drafting to ensure these vessels operate in a safe and environmentally friendly way.
"By joining our forces, we have established a solid foundation, which now includes plan approval services and knowledge exchange," RS director general Konstantin Palnikov said. "We are now moving forward towards new and challenging areas to meet the market requests."
"For ships travelling to Arctic regions, we have to take into account not only traditional risks associated with open sea wave conditions, but also ice loads and low ambient temperatures," GTT CEO Philippe Berterottiere added. "That is why RS expertise in ice going ships is very valuable for us and beneficial for technologies offered by GTT."