A design for an LNG-fuelled, ammonia-ready VLCC developed jointly by shipowner China Merchants Energy Shipping Co (CMES), energy major TotalEnergies, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co and cargo containment designer GTT has won Approval in Principle from classification society Bureau Veritas.

The VLCC design, which is the result of a Joint Design Project Cooperation Agreement signed in 2021. that kicked off in 2021, would bunker LNG that would be stored in GTT-designed Mark III membrane-type tanks.

The fuel tank would be located under the main deck to avoid weather exposure, piracy risk and lower the propulsion system’s centre of gravity, BV said.