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China to Build World’s First CNG Ship

2014-07-29_14-40-16The world’s first compressed natural gas carrier will be built by China to fulfill an order from Pelayaran Bahtera Adhiguna, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s state-owned power company Perusahaan Listrik Negara, according to ABS, the company selected to class the ship.

The CNG ship was designed by China’s CIMC Ocean Engineering Design & Research Institute and will be built at China’s Qingdao Wuchuan Heavy Industry’s shipyard.

The ship will be dual-classed with the Indonesian class society Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia, will be 110 meters in length and offer sailing speeds of 14 knots. It is designed to offer a nominal CNG capacity of 2,200 m3 and will fly the Indonesian flag.

The ship is expected to transport natural gas from Indonesian fields in East Java to communities on the island of Lombok, benefiting relatively remote communities that are not economically feasible to supply by pipeline.

Powering ships with alternative fuels such as natural gas was a recommendation made recently in a report by ship classification society and sustainability service provider DNV GL as a way to achieve a safe and sustainable future.

In a separate position paper, DNV GL also suggested that the global shipping industry could adopt hybrid propulsion solutions, featuring batteries or other energy storage technologies.

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