Kawasaki Heavy markets new LNG tank for the expanded Panama Canal

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.

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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