ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, signed an agreement with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) to support safety and apply class guidance to a conceptual floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) unit.
“We are pleased to sign this agreement and work with DSME to support new innovations and technology advancements in the offshore industry,” said Ken Richardson, executive vice president of global offshore, ABS. “As gas continues to play an increasingly important role in the global energy mix and industry looks to develop new resources, ABS remains committed to its mission of advancing safety.”
The project is planned to commence at the end of May and have a duration of 12 months. ABS will review the conceptual design to the applicable class requirements and provide guidance to support safety during development.
“By partnering with ABS, we are able to apply their best-in-class standards and leverage their extensive experience in the offshore sector,” said Jang-Jin Kim COO of offshore business init, DSME. “Successful construction of the world’s first FLNG, SATU, in 2016, is further proof of DSME’s technological excellence. Working with ABS as our advisor, we will be able to develop an effective design with robust safety and enhance the LNG value chain.”
Recognizing the changing landscape and increased industry focus on gas, ABS launched its Global Gas Solutions team in 2013 to support industry in developing gas-related projects. ABS classed the world’s first liquefied petroleum gas carrier conversion, the first LNG carrier conversion, the Methane Pioneer, in 1959, as well as the first newbuild LNG carrier, Methane Princess, in 1964, and has experience with the full scope of gas-related assets.