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The design of an LNG-fuelled ship is strongly dependent on the operator’s individual requirements and proposed operating conditions. Propulsion systems need to be integrated in the ship design at an early stage. Apart from the fuel supply system, the engine and related components and the fuel storage tank, however, an LNG-fuelled vessel is basically not different from a diesel-fuelled vessel.

LNG tanks

All LNG ships in the current fleet (2015) are fitted with a type C tank, a cylindrical pressure vessel requiring 2-4 times more space than a conventional fuel storage tank.