“The market will determine when these ships can be ordered and built, but this is a real milestone as for the first time we have a fully worked and approved design for a main line ultra-large containership running on LNG. There are no technical or safety barriers to introducing LNG as a fuel for long-haul large containerships. Major operational savings are deliverable, combined with very much lower air emissions,” said Jean-Francois Segretain, deputy technical director, Bureau Veritas.
The ship is of 365.5m length overall, with a design draught of 14m and a design speed of 24 knots. In the dual fuel configuration a 22,490m3 LNG prismatic tank would be installed under the forward accommodation, and there would be a bunker tank for heavy fuel oil aft of 4,430m3 capacity, reported Motorship.com.