DSIC, DNV GL join forces to develop LNG-powered ships

The joint development project agreement was signed by the two parties at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg
The joint development project agreement was signed by the two parties at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg

CSIC-controlled Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) and classification society DNV GL have announced that they have formed a strategic research-and-development alliance.

Under a joint development project (JDP) agreement signed at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg, Germany, the two parties agreed to develop a 23,000 teu, liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled ultra-large container vessel (ULCV).

Interest in alternative fuels has been ramping up in the maritime industry as the start of the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 shipping emission regulation draws near.

“In developing this ULCV design, we will show that DSIC can deliver vessels at the cutting edge of the market after two 20,000 teu container vessels were successfully delivered to COSCO Shipping Group this year,” said DSIC president Yang Zhi Zhong.

“We see a continuing strong market for ULCV vessels, with lower slot costs, especially valued on the main trading routes. At the same time, the expansion in bunkering infrastructure in both China and Europe means that LNG is becoming a viable solution for container vessels, lowering costs and ensuring compliance with incoming regulations.

“We would like to thank DSIC for selecting DNV GL to take part in this project and trusting our expertise in LNG-fuelled and container shipping,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, chief executive officer of DNV GL Maritime. “The JDP will build on the long and productive co-operation between DSIC and DNV GL, and we look forward to working with DSIC to ensure that the design meets the relevant class and international standards and regulations.”