DECEMBER 6, 2018 — ABS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute (KOMERI) to create a new shoreside facility dedicated to improving the safety of LNG as a fuel. ABS and KOMERI will collaborate on research at the facility, which will allow shipowners to safely test fuel gas and bunkering systems, under actual loading conditions, prior to installation onboard.
"ABS is proud to partner with KOMERI on this important facility, which will help ensure safe and effective testing of new equipment and ultimately advance adoption of LNG," said Peter Fitzpatrick, ABS Vice President, Global Business Development. "This project is another example of our commitment to advancing safety and evolution of new designs and applications for LNG as fuel."
Located in Busan, the facility will enable shipbuilders to optimize their onboard commissioning processes and provide enhanced opportunities for research and development of new technologies.
"The LNG FGSS [Fuel Gas Supply System] and Bunkering Equipment Test Facility of KOMERI will provide certification and technical engineering aid to marine equipment companies that seek efficient advance testing technology and safe development of their equipment," said Kong Gil-Young, KOMERI president. "KOMERI expects this will meet increasing market demand from around the world through verification and cooperation with ABS."
The MOU, signed at KOMERI Busan headquarters, allows for the scope of the testing facility to increase as relevant technologies and regulations develop in the coming years.
Shoreside facility will allow safe testing of fuel gas and bunkering systems under actual loading conditions