Wärtsilä’s LNGPac: AIP from DNV GL
The new Wärtsilä LNGPac, the upgraded version of the company’s LNG fuel handling system, was granted an AIP (Approval in Principle) Certificate from DNV GL. The AIP Certificate covers Wärtsilä’s improvements to the original LNGPac.
The new solution has removed the heating media skid and its pumps, and includes an improvement to the Wärtsilä Cold Recovery solution. The certificate is based on technical material and safety analyses, and includes documentation concerning normal operation of the system and a presentation of risk scenarios. In effect it means that the system is judged to be safe and reliable and that it will be approved by classes in actual projects.
The heating media skid, a complete circuit of heat exchangers, pumps and piping, was earlier used to evaporate LNG for pressurizing the storage tank and to provide the engine with the correct gas temperature. In looking beyond the fuel gas system, Wärtsilä has demonstrated its ability to integrate multiple interfaces within the LNGPac. Instead of the heating media skid, the new LNGPac system directly uses the engine’s cooling water, which results in fewer interfaces and less installation work for the shipyard. By eliminating electrical consumers, Wärtsilä enables the vessel to become even more environmentally friendly.
(As published in the October 2014 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News - http://magazines.marinelink.com/Magazines/MaritimeReporter)