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.”

Saga LNG 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.

Saga Dawn has recently successfully completed her gas trials at Shanghai LNG’s Wuhaogou terminal and will be delivered late this year.              

Further Information:

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.