zoom The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has published the ABS Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels to support members and clients in preparing newbuildings for future conversion to gas propulsion.The Guide formalizes the process for clients who wish to plan for conversion to LNG fuel at a future date by providing a detailed review and approval and an associated class notation.“ABS is a leader in LNG as fuel, with a number of newbuilding and conversion projects in progress, and there is strong interest in preparing for a future in which LNG takes a bigger role,” says ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “The Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels draws on our practical experience by providing a detailed approval process and a notation that clarifies the extent to which a vessel is LNG Fuel Ready.”The Guide includes a basic level of Concept Design Approval, with a design review for approval in principle (AIP), and two optional levels for general design approval and installed equipment, which constitute a complete review and survey of the system to be installed on the ship.The first optional level is a General Design Review that allows an owner to approach a shipyard with a reviewed design package for the gas-fueled system at the time of conversion.The second optional level is Detail Design Approval and Installation which constitutes a complete design review and survey of a system that will be installed on the LNG ready ship in accordance with the ABS Guide for Propulsion and Auxiliary Systems for Gas Fueled Ships.The first level provides an AIP and a descriptive note in the ABS Record, the second level a Statement of Compliance with a descriptive note listing the parts of the system that have been reviewed. The third level results in an LNG Fuel Ready class notation for the parts of the system that have been installed, confirming that the fuel system is in full compliance with the ABS Guide to Gas Fueled Ships at the time of the newbuilding contract.“The projects ABS has already worked on demonstrate the variability from the designer’s and owner’s perspective of the requirements associated with the term LNG Ready,” says ABS Vice President of Global Gas Solutions Patrick Janssens. “Rather than rely solely on current notations and descriptive notes to express to what extent a ship is LNG ready, the ABS Guide and notation are powerful tools that go beyond the basics to help clients specify work to be done in the construction phase and when they are ready to convert.”
New Delhi: Full-service carrier Vistara on Friday said it has leased an additional six aircraft from BOC Aviation to accelerate its growth in the domestic market. As part of the agreement, Vistara has leased four Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft to be delivered in May, 2019 and two Airbus A320neo powered by ‘CFM LEAP 1A’ engines, scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2019. “Our focus on serving the domestic market has remained unwavered even as we prepare to become an international airline,” Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara, said in a statement. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents “These leased aircraft will be deployed to meet the sudden drop in capacity in the market and to aid convenience of travellers. Our decision to induct a different aircraft type in our fleet is a carefully evaluated one, which is both, economically and commercially viable, and will eventually help us take the Vistara experience wider and deeper across markets in India.” Last year, Vistara had placed its aircraft order of a combination of purchased and leased aircraft totalling 50 from the Airbus A320neo family (including the A321neo) for domestic as well as short and medium-haul international operations, with deliveries scheduled between 2019 and 2023. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief Further, the airline has purchased six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that are scheduled to be delivered between 2020 and 2021, and will be used for long-haul international operations. Additionally, the airline – a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines – said that in order to support the next phase of expansion of its domestic operations, it has recruited nearly 500 former employees of Jet Airways, including pilots, cabin crew, engineers and other staff.