LNG as ship fuel

A focus on the current and future use of LNG as fuel in shipping

The groundwork has been laid for LNG to thrive in the shipping and transport sectors – and we invite you to take the next steps together with us. Your success is the focus of all our LNG services for newbuildings and ships in operation. We have established dedicated “LNG Fuel Solutions Groups“ to be closest to you. For the Americas: Houston, for Norway: Olso, for Europe: Hamburg, for the Middle East: Dubai, for the Asia-Pacific: Singapore, for China: Shanghai.

LNG Ready service

The LNG Ready service provides decision support to ship owners, designers and yards for making vessels ready for future fuel and environmental challenges. Backed by our expert technical and financial feasibility studies, we help you to select the best solution according to operational, environmental and financial requirements by comparing fuel switch, exhaust gas cleaning technologies and LNG as an alternative fuel. The tried-and-tested LNG Ready process, from planning and concept design to approval in principle, Gas Ready class notation and risk assessment, will put you on course to make your vessels future-proof.

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LNG Ready 4 steps

Class notations

DNV’s rules for gas-fuelled ships provide criteria for the safe and environmentally friendly arrangement and installation of machinery for propulsion and auxiliary purposes using gas as fuel. Learn more about the mandatory class notation GAS FUELLED and the voluntary class notation GAS READY.


Regulatory framework

The era of gas-fuelled ships started with “Glutra”, the world’s first ship fuelled with LNG, which was put into operation in 2000. The approval of “Glutra” was based on Norwegian national draft regulations and details from the rules for gas carriers. Based on this experience as well as the discussions about the first gas-fuelled supply ships, DNV rules for gas-fuelled ships was first issued in January 2001. Since then, DNV has gained considerable experience, and comprehensive efforts have been put into the development of the regulatory framework for gas-fuelled ships, including the development of the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code). The DNV rules for gas-fuelled ships, incorporating over 15 years of experience, entered into force on 1 January 2016.

Overview of our specific LNG services

Gain an at-a-glance overview of our specific LNG as ship fuel services. As a trusted partner to the IMO and the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), DNV has broad expertise in compliance with requirements for LNG-fuelled vessels. We can advise you in choosing the best solution for your vessel’s operational needs, or in developing new LNG containment systems, to name just two examples of the services we offer.

Explore more in our publication "In focus - LNG as ship fuel" (PDF, 52 pages)

LNG service portfolio

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