ABS To Class World’s First CNG Ship

September 2014, Vol. 241, No. 9

ABS has been chosen to class the world’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) carrier ordered by Pelayaran Bahtera Adhiguna, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s state-owned power company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PT PLN).

The carrier, which will be dual-classed with the Indonesian class society Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia, was designed by China’s CIMC Ocean Engineering Design & Research Institute. It will be built at Qingdao Wuchuan Heavy Industry’s shipyard in northern china.

The carrier will measure 110 meters in length and sail at up to 14 knots. It will offer a nominal CNG capacity of 2,200 cubic meters and fly the Indonesian flag.

Plans call for the vessel to transport natural gas from Indonesian fields in East Java to communities on the island of Lombok.

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