GE's new LPG-fuelled ferry design meets HAZID requirements


GE's Marine Solutions new liquid propane gas (LPG) fuelled ferry design has been found to meet the requirements of Hazard Identification (HAZID).

The ruling marks the completion of the ferry design process's final stage before it goes to the shipyards and suppliers for construction.

The vessel will be powered by GE’s COmbined Gas turbine Electric and Steam (COGES) system, which consumes minimal lube oil and meets the current and future regulations for sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NO­x), carbon dioxide (CO2) and other emissions from the shipping industry.

A consortium comprising Youngsung Global, DINTEC, Korea LPG Industry Association, GE’s Marine Solutions and Far East Ship Design & Engineering (FESDEC) was formed last year to develop the ferry design.

GE marine operations vice-president Brien Bolsinger said: “Bureau Veritas, a world-leading classification society with a large and recognized expertise and experience in gas fuelled ships, chaired the HAZID meetings.

“All consortium members were represented as well as SK Gas and E1 who are members of the Korea LPG Industry Association. These meetings took place over a three-day period in Busan and are a crucial tool used to identify hazards and safeguards at the early ship design stage.

“Now with HAZID meetings successfully completed, the consortium will proceed with securing a shipbuilding contract and will seek Approval in Principle to further validate the safety of the ship design including the COGES propulsion system and the LPG fuel supply.”