GTT wins LNG tank design order for six container ships


French engineering company GTT said it was chosen by South Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to design cryogenic fuel tanks for six container ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Each LNG fuel tank will be equipped with Mark III membrane containment technology developed by GTT. Shipments of ships are expected to take place between the third quarter of 2023 and the fourth quarter of 2024.

In addition to engineering services and technical assistance to the shipyard, GTT will assist the operator at each stage of its first LNG-fueled projects: commissioning of the LNG tank, first LNG bunkering operations, as well as other specific LNG operations and vessel maintenance. In addition, GTT will provide LNG training to crews, supported by its proprietary G-Sim training simulator, which mimics future ship LNG operations. GTT will also offer its HEARS® emergency response service with 24/7 technical assistance.

In addition, GTT will equip these six ships with its “GTT Digital” platform, a “smart shipping” solution to monitor and optimize the operational performance of ships and further reduce their energy consumption and environmental footprint.

Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, declared: “This new order confirms the performance and safety of GTT solutions adapted to the use of LNG as marine fuel, both for medium and large container ships, contributing thus to the decarbonisation of ships. “

When used as a marine fuel, LNG reduces sulfur oxide emissions by 99%, fine particles by 91% and nitrous oxide emissions by 92%. It also reduces ship emissions by up to 20% CO2 compared to a conventional ship.