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GTT charts the course for multi-gas vessels with membrane designs after receiving five AIPs

2014-09-30

Paris – September 30, 2014. GTT, world leader in the design of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), announced five AIPs for transportation of liquefied gases other than LNG.

As a product of the shale gas revolution in the US, there is also an abundant supply of ethane. For this ethane to be transported there is an increasing interest in liquid ethane as a cargo, giving rise to the need for dedicated vessels. The five AIPs (Approval in Principle) received from Class Societies (ABS, BV, CCS, DNV and LR) confirm that membrane technology is in a solid position among the current containment systems to equip these vessels.

GTT’s existing technologies have been enhanced to transport liquid gases other than LNG, including, ethane, ethylene, propane, butane and propylene.

Membrane technology has long been a preferred choice in the LNG shipping market, and it has also been a viable solution for GTT Cargo Containment Systems on Very Large Ethane carriers. Since 1964, GTT has provided designs for sea transport of Ethylene and Liquefied Petroleum Gases (LPGs), with carriers ranging from 1 100m3 to 120 000 m3 (ex. Pythagore, Descartes, Annabella, Ben Franklin).

 

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