Lloyd's Register (LR) has signed an agreement with COSCO Shipping LNG Investment Shanghai, COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry, Jiangnan Shipyard Group, the Marine Design and Research Institute of China (MARIC), Shanghai Ship and Shipping Research Institute (SSSRI), and China Classification Society (CCS) to design and develop the first unit in a new series of LNG carrier with a GTT Mark III membrane containment system.
LR and CCS will provide technical support and consultancy services to ensure that the design meets all international regulations and industry-wide conventions and standards and that it complies with each society's classification rules.
The two class societies will also offer technical support for ship-shore matching, focusing particularly at upstream and downstream loading and unloading terminals.
Once the LNG carrier has been designed, LR and CCS will look to grant the design approval in principle. The parties will then conduct hydrodynamic assessments on the design as part of a continual improvement process.