UASC's Barzan 1st to get new DNV GL Gas Ready notation
UASC’s MV Barzan is the first LNG-ready vessel to receive a Gas Ready notation from DNV GL, the leading global ship classification society.
DNV GL’s new notation is for owners looking to prepare their vessel for a potential conversion to LNG operation at the newbuilding stage.
It also helps owners ensure that their vessels are verifiably in compliance with all safety and operational requirements to meet the applicable global as well as class standards for gas fuelled operations.
The new Gas Ready notation also supports owners in specifying and quantifying the level of investment they need to make.
The class notation can be downloaded from DNV GL’s website. Go to Rules for Classification/Part 6/ Ch 37.
The new Gas Ready notation is part of a wider set of new standards developed by DNV GL to address the maritime industry’s growing interest in LNG as a ship fuel.
The classification society has also developed a new class notation for gas bunker vessels that ensures safe fuel transfer operations from one ship to another and will address safety concerns held by many port authorities.
This notation addresses safety concerns covering gas bunker vessels design and additional requirements to support the development of gas fuelled shipping and bunker operations in ports.
The rules are flexible and include a variety of gas fuels as well as the configuration of bunker transfer systems.
The industry has in recent years focussed more on developing standards for gas fuelled ships rather than bunkering arrangements, reflecting a general sense among port authorities that ship-to-ship LNG bunker operations are too risky.
“Complying with DNV GL’s new class notation increases the acceptance of safe gas fuel bunkering operations by ports and local authorities and puts bunker ship owners in a stronger position in the market,” explains Yury Ilchenko, principal engineer at DNV GL.