Hyundai Heavy pushes ahead with LNG-fuelled VLCC with rotor sails

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. 

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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