Variety of codes governs design, construction of LNG carriers

This article concludes a series that began in the Aug. 12 issue. A host of national and international codes and standards usually comprises a list in a shipbuilder's contract specification for a new LNG carrier. Prospective owners must review this list carefully, if the vessel is to be built in full compliance with all applicable requirements. The 135,000-cu m LNG carrier SK Supreme, christened in December 2000, was the first full-sized LNG carrier to be built with the Technigaz Mark III membrane containment system. Construction was by Samsung Heavy Industries, South Korea, for operator SK Shipping Co. Ltd. ABS carried out extensive analysis of this and her two sister vessels under ...

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