US Coast Guard Approves LNT A-BOX ®
November 21, 2019
November 21, 2019
The LNT A-BOX® containment system has been approved by the United States Coast Guard this past Thursday, November 20th.
The company received a statement from the USCG stating that the LNT A-BOX® IMO Type A containment system was deemed “in compliance with the International Code for the Construction and Construction and Equipment of Ships carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk, 2016 Edition and is eligible for an endorsement in accordance with 46 CFR 154.22.”
Shipping’s 45,000m3 Saga Dawn is the world’s first LNG Carrier to
feature LNT Marine’s patented LNT A-BOX® containment system. The
ABS-classed vessel was built at China Merchants Heavy Industry’s Jiangsu yard, features
dual-fuel main and auxiliary engines, and was designed for worldwide trade.
has recently successfully completed her gas trials at Shanghai LNG’s Wuhaogou
terminal and will be delivered late this year.
Saga LNG Shipping is
currently in the final stages of development for an 80,000m3 LNGC
design with a nine-meter fully laden draft, aimed at regional imports into
Chinese terminals. Saga has further developed and obtained Approvals in
Principle (AiP) for its shallow draft 28,500m3 “Wuhan Max” and 12,000m3
“Yichang Max” designs aimed at opening up trade along China’s Yangtze River.
LNT Marine’s proprietary containment
system for LNG and other liquefied gasses, dubbed the “LNT A-BOX®”,
features an IMO independent tank type A as the primary barrier, a conventional
cargo tank support system and liquid-tight thermal insulation attached to the
hull compartment which acts as a full secondary barrier. The self-supporting
prismatic tanks allow for simple construction and flexible design while
maintaining market-leading utilization of the hull space.
Based around the LNT
A-BOX® technology, Saga LNG Shipping aims to build, own and operate
a series of tailor-made small and midsized LNG assets targeted at projects
currently in various stages of development. Types of assets included in Saga
LNG’s scope are FSUs, LNG Barges & LNGCs, FSRUs, FLNGs, and LNG Bunker Vessels, all within the 1,000 to 100,000 cubic meter range.