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Hyundai Heavy’s Deepwater FLNG Hull Gets ABS AIP

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…Ferry contacted yachts, grounded, refloated, Isle of Wight***

…As 4 Americans, local guide killed in Costa Rica river rafting accident***

Classification society ABS has granted an Approval in Principle (AIP) to Hyundai Heavy Industries’ (HHI) deepwater floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) hull design.

The newbuilding conversion FLNG hull design for offshore application can be constructed for about 80 percent less than the cost of a conventional FLNG hull, according to HHI. It is based on LNG carrier designs combined with the requirements for FLNG production, such as structural reinforcements to take topside module load and a hull designed to allow up to 25 years operation without dry-docking.

A low cost near shore FLNG hull was developed and achieved ABS AIP in 2017. HHI and ABS have now worked to deliver this harsh environment deepwater hull to meet increasing market demand.

“In the current emerging gas market, a ready-to-convert offshore FLNG hull, with ABS certification, at affordable CAPEX is an important product for monetization of gas reserves around the globe,” said Hyungkwan Kim, Executive Vice President, Shipbuilding Division at HHI.

The design features a barge-shaped hull, a GTT Mark III containment system with storage for about 192,000m3, and provisions to accommodate an internal turret and 45,000-ton of topside modules to deliver 2.5 MTPA of LNG.

In the meantime, ferry RED FALCON while proceeding to pier at Cowes Harbor, Isle of Wight, UK, in dense fog contacted several yachts at neighbouring marina, and ran aground after that, at around 0730 UTC Oct 21.

Ferry was refloated some 3 hours later, and berthed, seemingly undamaged. No confirmed information on damaged yachts yet – how many were contacted, and how badly they were affected. Ferry connects Southampot with Cowes, Isle of Wight.

Meantime, four American tourists and a local guide were killed over the weekend when their raft overturned, and they were swept down the Naranjo river in Costa Rica, authorities said Sunday.

Three rafts, carrying a total of 14 tourists and five guides, flipped on Saturday around 3 p.m., according to the Judicial Investigation Organism. The five victims were swept away downstream, while the other passengers managed to cling to the rafts and some were rescued by another guide in a kayak.

Ernesto Sierra, Jorge Caso, Sergio Lorenzo and Andres Dennis were identified as the victims, according to the group. The local guide was Kevin Thompson Reid.

Authorities said the river was swollen by rains and there was a possible flooding alert in the area upheld by the National Emergency Commission.

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado took to Twitter to express his sympathies regarding the accident.

The Americans had arrived in Costa Rica Oct. 18 and had been renting a house in Playa Hermosa de Jaco, according to the government.

The Red Cross said via Facebook that the rafts overturned near Liverpool de Quepos.

World Maritime News with additional report from Fleetmon and Fox News

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