DNV to insist on LNG introduction as ship fuel in Germany

By Finance

DNV supports the idea for reduction of harmful emissions from ship operations. LNG is an alternative fuel that will help the environment. The new dual-fuel Caterpillar M 46 engine will be able of running on LNG and meets all the Tier III requirements in gas mode.

The plan includes conversion of many ships as possible with Caterpillar engines to LNG. DNV fully supports the development of this new technology.

Germany adopted fuel national plan for the transportation industry plus the shipping industry. The idea is to implement new engine solutions on vessels. At the moment 450 ships are now using the M43C-type engine capable to be transformed to an LNG-fuelled M 46 DF engine. The most of the vessels are with German owners. Big part of the ships are less than 6 years old and can be easy converted to LNG.

DNV believes that LNG will help the environment and is the best option for the moment to reduce emissions. Det Norske Veritas has a long history with LNG since the 1960s, when the company was instrumental in the development of the Moss-design round transport tanks for LNG, a design still working in present days. DNV classed Norway’s first LNG-fuelled ferry, which has been operational since 2000, and classes more than 90 per cent of all LNG-fuelled ships. The newest is the Stavangerfjord cruise ferry belonging to the Norwegian owner Fjordline. This vessel is 170 metres long and can transport 1,500 passengers and 600 cars. It will serve the busy ferry connections between Norway and Denmark.