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LNG as ship fuel

A focus on the current and future use of LNG as fuel in shipping

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The groundwork has been laid for LNG to thrive in the shipping and transport sectors – and we invite you to take the next steps together with us. Your success is the focus of all our LNG services for newbuildings and ships in operation. We have established dedicated “LNG Fuel Solutions Groups“ to be closest to you. For the Americas: Houston, for Norway: Olso, for Europe: Hamburg, for the Middle East: Dubai, for the Asia-Pacific: Singapore, for China: Shanghai.

LNG Ready 4 steps

LNG Ready service

The LNG Ready service provides decision support to ship owners, designers and yards for making vessels ready for future fuel and environmental challenges. Backed by our expert technical and financial feasibility studies, we help you to select the best solution according to operational, environmental and financial requirements by comparing fuel switch, exhaust gas cleaning technologies and LNG as an alternative fuel. The tried-and-tested LNG Ready process, from planning and concept design to approval in principle, Gas Ready class notation and risk assessment, will put you on course to make your vessels future-proof.

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Class notations

DNV GL’s rules for gas-fuelled ships provide criteria for the safe and environmentally friendly arrangement and installation of machinery for propulsion and auxiliary purposes using gas as fuel. Learn more about the mandatory class notation GAS FUELLED and the voluntary class notation GAS READY.

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LNGi - DNV GL’s LNG intelligence portal

LNGi aims to bring stakeholders from across the LNG industry together to share market intelligence and contribute to the uptake of LNG as a ship fuel. The portal allows subscribers to assess the availability of LNG fuel for specific trade routes and newbuild projects. An interactive map provides updated information about LNG bunkering opportunities around the world and also includes data on existing and planned infrastructure such as truck loading facilities, tank to ship bunkering options and LNG bunker vessels, as well as detailed information on the various port and infrastructure projects.

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Regulatory framework

The era of gas-fuelled ships started with “Glutra”, the world’s first ship fuelled with LNG, which was put into operation in 2000. The approval of “Glutra” was based on Norwegian national draft regulations and details from the rules for gas carriers. Based on this experience as well as the discussions about the first gas-fuelled supply ships, DNV rules for gas-fuelled ships was first issued in January 2001. Since then, DNV GL has gained considerable experience, and comprehensive efforts have been put into the development of the regulatory framework for gas-fuelled ships, including the development of the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), which will soon be finalised. The IGF Code has been approved in principle by IMO and is expected to be adopted in June 2015. The new DNV GL rules for gas-fuelled ships, incorporating 15 years of experience, are scheduled to be published in July 2015 and enter into force on 1 January 2016.

LNG service portfolio
Extract of our services in the LNG fuel market

Overview of our specific LNG services

Gain an at-a-glance overview of our specific LNG as ship fuel services. As a trusted partner to the IMO and the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), DNV GL has broad expertise in compliance with requirements for LNG-fuelled vessels. We can advise you in choosing the best solution for your vessel’s operational needs, or in developing new LNG containment systems, to name just two examples of the services we offer. 

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