International classification society Bureau Veritas is to grant GAS-PREPARED notation to six Suezmax tankers under construction for Dynacom Tankers Management. The oil tanker specialist is the first ship owner to future-proof its vessels by applying for the notation.
The 157,000 dwt tankers will measure 274.3 meters in length, with a beam of 48 metres and depth of 23.2 metres. They are being built at New Times Shipbuilding in China, with delivery expected in 2017 and 2018.
The GAS-PREPARED notation sets out requirements for ships which are designed and fitted out for dual-fuel or LNG fuel propulsion, but which are not initially intended to use gas as a fuel. It provides owners with the flexibility to convert easily to dual fuel or LNG fuel propulsion in the future.
Jean-François Segretain, Marine & Offshore Technical Director, Bureau Veritas said: “Using natural gas as fuel enables owners to comply with the requirements of Emission Control Areas in North America and Europe, and can be cost-effective in the long term. In publishing the GAS-PREPARED notation, Bureau Veritas sought to provide owners with the ability to switch to LNG in the future when market conditions are right.
“Applying for GAS-PREPARED is an important step in future-proofing a new vessel and we look forward to working with Dynacom, the first owner in the market to choose this solution.”