New tank shape for liquefied gases improves safety and productivity

KR Grants AIP For HD Hyundai Heavy Industries' New Tank
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During Nor-Shipping 2023 in Oslo, Norway, Korean Register (KR) announced that it has awarded an Approval in Principle (AIP) to HD Hyundai Heavy Industries (HD HHI) in regards to a new type of tank shape designed for various liquefied gases and fuels. The new tank shape, developed by HD HHI, is designed to improve safety and productivity. The innovative tank design incorporates an improved layout, leading to enhanced work efficiency and productivity. The newly developed tank shape exemplifies cutting-edge technology that combines improved safety measures, increased productivity, and efficient sloshing reduction techniques.

The new tank shape aims to address the challenge of sloshing that impacts the transportation of liquefied gases, such as liquefied natural gas (LNG). Sloshing refers to the wave-like movement of liquid inside a tank during sea transport. It is crucial to ensure structural stability by minimizing sloshing flow caused by the ship’s motion, as excessive sloshing can exert significant impact forces on the tank walls, jeopardizing its structural integrity. HD HHI has successfully optimized the shape of the liquefied gas tank, effectively reducing the sloshing effect and enhancing stability. This significantly mitigates the risk of accidents and potential disasters during transportation.

HD HHI plans to expand the application of the new tanks to various liquefied gas carriers and propulsion ships in the future. It is expected that HD HHI will continue to strengthen its competitiveness in the liquefied cargo carrier shipbuilding market, including LNG, by providing safe and reliable solutions to customers. By incorporating the newly developed tank shape, HD HHI’s endeavors to offer cutting-edge technology that prioritizes customer safety and efficiency. This AIP award follows a string of successes for the company, further cementing its already well-established reputation as an innovator in the industry.

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