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GASCHEM. The tonnage of GL-classed ships has more

than doubled, and rose to 80 million GT in 2009.

Photo: Meyer-Werft

03/2009: 80,000,000 GT

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1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 As at: 31.03.09

Topping the 80 Million GT Mark

T he classification of the gas tanker M T G a s C h e m N o r d s e e b y G e r m a - nischer Lloyd marked the society’s 80 million gross-tonne threshold. “MT GasChem Nordsee”, flying the German flag, was delivered in late March by Meyer shipyard, Papenburg, Germany. The LPG (liquefied petroleum gas)/ ethylene tanker is the first of a series of

four gas tankers of the same hull type to be built by Meyer shipyard and its sister firm, Neptun Shipyard by 2010.

Double Use. An advanced design with a gross tonnage of 13,878, the vessel can hold up to 17,000 m3 of li- quefied gas in its cargo tanks. Besides LPG, the tanker is also designed for the transport of liquefied ethylene gas

(LEG), a key substance for the petro- chemical industry. The tanker, measu- ring 154.95 metres in length and 22.70 metres in width, has a maximum draught of 10.60 meters and cruises at a speed of 17 knots. “MT GasChem Nordsee” will initially be deployed by Japan’s Marubeni Group to ship lique- fied gas to Asia.

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Fuel Tank Protection: Beware of Delays!

SHIPBUILDING. Due to the FTP requirements, delayed completion of vessels can cause considerable expense.

nvironmental protection, preven- tion of marine pollution and en- hanced ship safety all benefit from fuel oil tank protection. GL helps in identi- fying hidden risks and avoiding regula- tory sanctions for non-compliance. E

The shipping industry is now quite familiar with the requirements of the revised MARPOL Annex I, Regulation 12A on Oil Fuel Tank Protection (FTP). Most current designs were developed to comply with the FTP requirements, in particular, the location and size of fuel tanks in all ships with an aggregate oil fuel capacity of 600 m3 and above.

Hidden Rrisk. The regulation applies to ships whose building contract was signed on or after 1 August 2007 or whose delivery is scheduled for 1 Au- gust 2010 or thereafter. In the absence of a building contract, the regulation applies to ships with keels laid down on or after 1 February 2008.

However, there is a hidden risk re- garding the effective dates. It is not only the date of the building contract that decides which ships must comply but also the completion date: any ves- sel completed after 1 August 2010 is subject to the new FTP provisions.

In response to the current weak freight market, there is a trend towards slowing down the building of vessels. Notwithstanding the benefits of de- layed completion under certain cir- cumstances, GL is aware of the necessi- ty to support shipowners and shipyards in meeting the FTP requirements.

High Oncost. If the completion of a vessel is delayed beyond 1 August 2010, the provisions of FTP will apply to that vessel. Converting a completed ves- sel to meet the FTP requirements will typically cause considerable expense. Therefore any proposition to delay the completion of a vessel should give due consideration to the FTP issue.

In cases where modifications to ar- rangements might be necessary, GL can assist customers, drawing on its broad experience in the field of FTP. GL’s ser- vice offerings range from simple pre- checks to enhanced design propos- als that improve environmental safety while reducing the economical impact of the modifications to be made.

For further information: Christoph Peickert, Deputy Head of Department Stability, Phone: +49 40 36149- 3705, E-Mail: christoph.peickert@gl-group.com


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