GTT was commissioned by its partner, the Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), to develop the cryogenic fuel tanks for two container ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The two new ships, each with a capacity of 15,600 containers, will be equipped with LNG tanks, each of which can hold up to 12,800 m3 of LNG as fuel. The tanks will be equipped with the Mark III Flex membrane containment technology developed by GTT. Ship deliveries are expected to take place between the fourth quarter of 2023 and the first quarter of 2024.
In addition to the engineering services and technical support on site, GTT will support the operator in every step of the first LNG-powered project: commissioning of the LNG tank, first LNG bunker operations as well as other specific LNG operations and maintenance of the vessels. In addition, GTT will train the crews, supported by its proprietary G-Sim® training simulator, which simulates the future LNG operation of the ships. GTT will also offer its HEARS® emergency service with technical support around the clock.
In addition, GTT will equip these ships with its “GTT Digital” platform, a “Smart Shipping” solution for monitoring and optimizing the operating performance of the ships and for further reducing their energy consumption and their environmental impact.
Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, said: “This order is the first collaboration between GTT and its long-standing Korean partner Hyundai Heavy Industries on LNG-powered ships. GTT is proud and excited to support the shipping industry in their determination to increasingly use LNG as fuel, thereby reducing the ecological footprint of ships. “
Mr. Seung-Ho Jeon, Executive Vice President of the Shipbuilding Division of Hyunday Heavy Industries, stated, “HHI is excited to begin this new chapter in our partnership with GTT that will enable us to expand our LNG-powered container ship portfolio. Choosing GTT’s membrane technology means improving technological performance and flexibility for the construction of our ships. “
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