DSME: first Arctic LNG carrier to test icebreaking capabilities during sea trials

DSME: first Arctic LNG carrier to test icebreaking capabilities during sea trials
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South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering (DSME) completed the construction of the first Arctic LNG carrier, the Christophe de Margerie. 

According to the shipbuilder’s statement, the vessel, named after former Total’s CEO who died in a tragic plane crash at the end of 2014, is scheduled to set out for its sea trials in the Arctic sea to test its icebreaking capabilities during the week, after 30 months of construction.

Following the completion of sea trials, the 172,600-cbm LNG carrier will be delivered to its owner, Sovcomflot, at the end of January.

The Arc7 ice class Christophe de Margerie will be able to navigate in ice fields of up to 2.1 meters thick as its bow and stern are covered with 70 millimeters of steel plates capable of withstanding temperatures of -52°C.

DSME has further 14 Arctic LNG carrier on order, all contracted to serve the Yamal LNG project in Russia.

Christophe de Margerie is the only vessel ordered by Sovcomflot while the remaining 14 vessels are owned by MOL (three) Teekay (six) and Dynagas (five). Deliveries of the remaining newbuilds are scheduled over the next four years.

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DSME Completes LNG Carrier Using Natural Gas (FGSS, PRS®)

LNG Carrier with FGSS and PRS

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering said the firm’s LNG carrier Creole Spirit, ordered by Canada’s Teekay in 2012, completed test working in Straits of Korea.

Conventional LNG carriers use duel fuel engine mainly utilizing bunker-C oil but DSME’s ships uses LNG fuel.

The LNG carrier uses natural gas ME-GI engine for the first time in the word and applied natural gas-related technologies such as FGSS and PRS®, according to one of the “big three” shipbuilders of South Korea

The company said fuel efficiency of natural gas is 30 percent higher than traditional LNG, and polluted material such as carbon dioxide and nitrification can also be lowered by more than 30 percent. The operating expenses for the ship can also be cut down by up to $5 million per year. Creole Spirit will be sent to the ship-owner in January of next year after finishing process.

DSME earned 35 orders of large LNG carriers last year and earned nine LNG orders worth $200 million this year.

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