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South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has awarded French engineering firm GTT with a contract to design Ammonia-ready LNG fuel tanks for five 15,000 TEU containerships.
The containerships on order for Hong Kong-based Seaspan Corporation for charter by ZIM.
GTT says each tank will have capacity of 12,000 cubic meters of LNG fuel and will be fitted with the company’s Mark III membrane containment system. Interestingly, the tanks will also be designed for future compatibility with ammonia fuel, giving Seaspan and Zim “greater operational flexibility” for adapting to changes in environmental regulations.
“This first collaboration on LNG fuel business with our long-time partner Samsung Heavy Industries, for the ship-owner Seaspan and the charterer ZIM, is a major milestone for GTT,” said Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT.
“The ammonia compatibility of the ordered vessels offers flexibility and demonstrates GTT’s continued commitment to protect ship-owners investments in a context where they have to constantly adapt to evolving environmental regulations,” he added.
GTT said vessel deliveries are scheduled to take place between the third quarter of 2023 and the first quarter of 2024.
As we have reported, Seaspan has one of the largest newbuild orderbooks in the industry with 55 vessels on order since December 2020.
“Seaspan prides itself on being a creative solution provider, and we work very closely with our customers to support their strategies and objectives,” said Torsten Pedersen, Chief Operating Officer of Seaspan. “In this case, we are excited and proud to support ZIM’s ambitions to operate highly efficient vessels with a very low environmental impact. By working with ZIM, GTT, SHI and DNV on ‘Ammonia Ready’ features, we are taking a long-term view toward future-proofing these vessels.”
“ZIM as charterer is striving for zero environmental impact in our operations, with special focus on alternative non-polluting fuel use,” added David Arbel, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of ZIM. “‘Green’ ammonia is a potential marine fuel as the shipping industry moves to a zero-carbon future. ZIM feels very proud to be a part of this technical challenge shifting from fossil fuels to renewables.”
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