Approvals for Mark III Flex+ and GTT MARS™
Approvals in principle for LNG carrier and bunker vessel designs
Approval for improved performance on existing containment systems
Paris - La Défense, France - June 05, 2018
Bureau Veritas, a leader in risk management across the gas supply chain, has issued a broad swathe of approvals to GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz), expert in membrane containment systems and LNG technology applications.
Bureau Veritas experts have been working with GTT to approve two new containment systems: the Mark III Flex+, an evolution of the Mark III® but with a lower boil-off rate (BOR) and the GTT MARS™, a containment system developed for LPG carriers that is adaptable to any size of tank or ship.
Approval in Principle (AiP) has been provided for a 6,500 cbm bunker barge (jointly developed between DSEC and GTT) and the AiP for the design of an 180,000 cbm LNG carrier is being finalized. Both demonstrate GTT’s move beyond containment technology systems to full ship design.
Additional AiPs have been granted for:
- A solution for vapour pocket management allowing LNG carriers, in compliance with the revised IGC Code, to operate with an increased filling limit (above 98%).
- GTT’s NO96 pressurization system evolution to provide enhanced maintenance flexibility and safety.
- Reduced cooling down features of both the NO96 and Mark III® systems to improve cargo operations.
Matthieu de Tugny, COO, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore: ‘These approvals are helping GTT expand the range and depth of their technologies. The increasing sophistication of containment systems and expansion of their application – as in CMA CGM’s breakthrough order for large containerships with membrane tanks – is driving the adoption and development of gas transportation and LNG as a marine fuel as well supporting the marine gas trades.’
Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO, GTT: ‘We are very pleased to be granted these approvals by Bureau Veritas with whom GTT has a very close partnership for decades. We have demonstrated the reliability of our latest developments and their ability to meet the owners’ requirements. I believe these new systems and designs will help the shipping industry to move forward and reduce the ecological footprint.’
Workers inspecting the tank of an LNG carrier equipped with GTT Mark technology.
Image by Bureau Veritas
About Bureau Veritas
Bureau Veritas is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has about 74,000 employees in over 1,400 offices and laboratories located all across the globe. Bureau Veritas helps its clients to improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. Bureau Veritas is listed on Euronext Paris and belongs to the Next 20 index. Compartment A, ISIN code FR 0006174348, stock symbol: BVI. Marine client portal www.veristar.com
GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz) is an engineering company expert in containment systems with cryogenic membranes used to transport and store liquefied gas, in particular LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas). For over 50 years, GTT has been maintaining reliable relationships with all stakeholders of the gas industry (shipyards, shipowners, gas companies, terminal operators, classification societies). The company designs and provides technologies which combine operational efficiency and safety, to equip LNG carriers, floating terminals, and multi-gas carriers. GTT also develops solutions dedicated to land storage and to the use of LNG as fuel for the vessel propulsion, as well as a full range of services.
GTT is listed on Euronext Paris, Compartment A (ISIN FR0011726835 Euronext Paris: GTT) and is notably included in SBF 120 and MSCI Small Cap indices. For more information, visit www.gtt.fr
Bureau Veritas press release