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Canada-based SeaspanLNG has secured an Approval in Principle (AIP) with Bureau Veritas, for the design of a 112.8m 7,600m3 LNG bunker vessel with a design speed of 13kt..

The LNG bunker vessel is state-of-the-art and has been designed for ship-to-ship LNG transfer as well as coastal/short sea shipping operations by Seaspan Ferries’ partner Vard Marine.  Seaspan Ferries’ leading-edge class of dual fuel hybrid electric ferries were developed by Vard in 2014 and included a new method of bunkering the vessels. This close and successful working relationship led to the creation of a new line of Vard 9 series LNG bunker vessels, focused on safe, efficient and economical refuelling of multiple ship types as well as an ability to transfer to and from a wide range of terminals.

Major emphasis has been placed on the ability to incorporate emerging technologies, increase electric storage system (ESS) capacity, and further operational emissions and greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions while maintaining operability and flexibility. It is fitted with two azimuthing thrusters and two bow thrusters for exceptional manoeuvring and station-keeping capabilities.

The AIP validates the advanced and future proof LNG bunker vessel design and confirms that the proposed concepts comply with the intent of the most applicable rules, guides, required industry codes and standards. SeaspanLNG will now advance efforts for vessel construction and engage with major stakeholders in current and emerging markets, including port authorities and flag states.

“Seaspan is proud to collaborate and partner with Vard and Bureau Veritas for the Approval in Principle of this advanced and highly maneuverable 7600cbm LNG bunker vessel which is designed specifically for our business areas,” said Harly Penner, Director of Fleet Engineering and Vessel Development.

“Vard Marine is pleased to once again be partnering with Seaspan on environmental innovation in ship design with the Vard 9 511 LNG Bunker Vessel. Environmental stewardship is one of Vard’s core values, pursued in facilities management, internal process, and product development. With this AIP, the Vard 9 511 is the ideal solution to solve the gap in LNG bunkering infrastructure in the Asia Pacific Gateway. We look forward to working again with the Seaspan Ferries team,” said Wade Carson, CEO, Vard Marine Inc.

“This comprehensive AIP now enables a detailed design to be developed addressing classification, statutory and operational requirements. The development of LNG bunkering vessels is still relatively new, and Bureau Veritas has built considerable experience through multiple projects with different containment and gas handling systems – from the smallest to the very largest LNG bunkering vessels. Bureau Veritas is delighted to support the vision and leadership of Seaspan and Vard towards decarbonization of the marine industry on the West Coast of North America,” commented Tim Protheroe, Regional Chief Executive for North America, Bureau Veritas.