On Wednesday at Nor-Shipping Lloyd’s Register presented South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) with approval in principle (AiP) for a very large crude carrier (VLCC) eco-tanker design, capable of using a combination of volatile organic compounds (VOC) mixed with LNG as fuel and Norsepower’s rotor sail solution for wind-assisted propulsion.
The VOC recovery system was developed by HHI and will allow the VLCC to use fuel produced from naturally-occurring vapour from the cargo tank during operation. The AiP has been verified for interface and control logic stability with other systems, resulting in reduced emissions and stably improved efficiency.
The impact of the installation of Norsepower’s rotor sail solution has the potential of providing 5-7% fuel savings, dependent on operating routes, LR stated in a release.
Nick Brown, LR’s marine & offshore director, commented: “This LNG-fuelled VLCC is a clear step towards meeting the IMO’s 2050 GHG goal.”
Splash is reporting from Nor-Shipping all week.