SHI Unveils LNG Regasification System for FSRUs

  • As Rotterdam Port to Optimise Its Services with New Standards

South Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has developed a liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification system for LNG floating storage regasification units (FSRUs).

The system, called S-Regas(GI), utilizes glycol to regasify LNG into gas. It was presented to industry leaders on September 21.

As SHI’s latest regasification achievement, following the direct sea water regasification system, S-Regas(GI) reduces chance of corrosion from traditional method of heating LNG directly with seawater, and is another energy efficient solution saving energy by 5%, the company informed.

“In-house regasification system enables not only cost savings but also improvement in schedule and quality management, further enhancing SHI’s leadership in the LNG-FSRU market,” the builder said.

“SHI will continue to lead market by developing the next generation technologies in the whole LNG value chain. With proven track record and experience we will meet customer’s needs such as saving operating costs of LNG-FSRU and solid performance,” an SHI representative added.

In the meantime, the establishment of international standards for nautical port information could witness the introduction of new services, according to the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

“With these standards as a base, we can not only optimise the services to our clients…but also develop new services that make the logistics chain more efficient,” Allard Castelein, President of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said.

The standards were introduced this week after a long-term international cooperation between various stakeholder organisations, ports and the business community.

In order to plan shipping as effectively as possible, shipping companies need detailed information about, for example, depth, admission policy, and arrival and departure times. Currently, ports communicate this information in various ways, making the process inefficient.

The Port Call Optimisation Task Force, consisting of Shell, Maersk, MSC, CMA CGM and the ports of Algeciras, Busan, Gothenburg, Houston, Rotterdam, Singapore and Ningbo Zhoushan, united forces in 2014 with the International Harbour Masters’ Association, United Kingdom Hydrographic Office and GS1 to bring standards from the nautical and logistics sectors together.

This ensures that the nautical data on board vessels corresponds to the information from a port, as well as the information used in the logistics chains.

The Port of Rotterdam said that the international unambiguity in communication benefits safety. It also means that lower margins can be maintained, which eventually results in vessels calling at ports faster and with more cargo, leading to a reduction in costs and pollution.

The initial calculations amount to up to USD 80,000 in additional revenue and savings of 240 tonnes in CO2 emissions per port visit, depending on where the vessel comes from and at which berth it is located, the port informed.

“The Port of Rotterdam Authority embraces the new standards and has become the first party in the world to use pilots in which they are applied. These are the Avanti and Pronto projects,” according to the port.

Web portal Avanti focuses on ‘master data’ such as depth and admission policy, while Pronto is a communication platform for the port community. The platform assists agents and other operators with a more transparent and efficient planning of services for ships, such as pilotage, use of terminals and bunker services.

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