US-based classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) is to provide Dorian LPG with an in-depth techno-economic analysis, laying out compliance options for impending global sulphur cap requirements, including the potential for using LPG as a fuel. Dorian LPG owns and operates a fleet of very large gas carriers (VLGCs), transporting liquefied petroleum gas around the world.
“It is important for owners and operators to assess their fleets and evaluate their options so that they can develop the most efficient compliance strategies as new requirements come into place,” says ABS chairman, president and CEO Christopher Wiernicki. “The Dorian LPG fleet of VLGCs provides an opportunity to investigate new fuels, such as LPG, among other conventional options, and we are excited to work closely with them as they develop strategies that meet their unique fleet profile.”
“As we look ahead at the implementation date of the IMO’s mandate to reduce sulphur fuel emissions, we are maintaining our strategy to ensure that our fleet remains efficient and cost-effective. Based on the environmental benefits of LPG as well as the large number of ports that have the existing infrastructure to deliver LPG to the global fleet, we are examining the potential of using LPG as a marine fuel,” says Dorian LPG Chairman, CEO and President John Hadjipateras.
“With their extensive knowledge in environmental regulations and technical prowess, ABS will play an important role as we prepare to meet the impending 2020 global sulphur cap requirements.”
ABS will help evaluate the various fleet compliance options, including LPG as a marine fuel, installation of scrubbers and use of low-sulphur fuels. It is important to fully understand the technical implications and risks of applying an alternative fuel source, such as LPG. Before options are considered, ABS will perform a comprehensive LPG as Fuel technical evaluation in order to define the most advantageous options to serve the needs of the specified vessel design.
The evaluation will consider the applicable regulations, the design capabilities and limitations, the installation and safety requirements, the operating features and equipment restrictions.