DNV GL has awarded Kawasaki Heavy Industries an approval in principle (AiP) for the Japanese yard’s newly developed non-spherical Moss tank. The new tank is an IMO Independent Type B LNG tank that has been developed for use in 180,000 cu m LNG carriers designed to pass through the new Panama Canal, a waterway set to see plenty of gas heading from the US to Asia in the coming years.
KHI says that the new tank has the same reliability as a spherical Moss tank, but has an increased cargo capacity of 15%. It can also be used with the Kawasaki panel system, an heat insulation system developed by KHI.
KHI’s new gas tank comes at a time when many other firms are bringing out new gas containment systems to give GTT and its dominant membrane system some competition.