Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd. (DSIC) has received Approval in Principle (AiP) certificates from classification society DNV GL for a new shuttle tanker and a column stabilized crane unit designs, on the sidelines of Marintec China trade fair in Shanghai.
An Approval in Principle is an independent assessment of a concept within an agreed framework, confirming that the design is feasible and no significant obstacles exist to prevent the concept from being realized.
In particular, responding to market indicators signalling an upturn in the shuttle tanker market, DSIC has developed a new 127,000 DWT shuttle tanker design targeted for operation in the North Sea and on the Norwegian Continent Shelf. The design features DP2 capacity and a twin propulsion system, and is already in compliance with EEDI Phase 3 regulations.
Further, DSIC’s DSCU12000 design for a column-stabilized crane unit with dynamic positioning system also received an DNV GL AiP. The unit is equipped with two rotary heavy-lift cranes and S-Lay pipe laying system, and is capable of performing heavy lifting and pipe laying operations in moderate to harsh environments, including offshore UK and in the North Sea. The design is based on DNV GL’s +1A Column-stabilized Crane Unit DYNPOS-AUTRO Crane-offshore class notation and adheres to the latest DNV GL offshore standards and the IMO MODU (Mobile offshore drilling units) Code.
“We are pleased and proud to be able to further strengthen our cooperation with DSIC with the presentation of these AiPs, in particular to help them introduce a new design in the promising shuttle tanker segment,” said Torgeir Sterri, Regional Manager for Greater China at DNV GL – Maritime.