Norway´s shuttle tanker and LNG carrier operator Knutsen Group has announced the latest addition to its LNG fleet portfolio.

The latest vessel added to the company´s fleet is the vessel Saint Barbara, which is the third in a series of six vessels that will be chartered to the trading, marketing and shipping arm of PGNiG, PGNiG Supply and Trading, now part of Orlen.

The ship has a capacity of 174,000 cubic meters and is equipped with a Mark III Flex system, re-liquefaction unit, air lubrication system, and Mega engine.

As it is reported by the company, the vessel Saint Barbara is “designed to transport liquefied natural gas efficiently and sustainably, whilst it is able to reach the best CII grade A.”

Earlier this year, Knutsen teamed up with LR, HD KSOE and HHI to assess for the first time lifecycle carbon emissions on LNG carrier newbuild.

Joint Development Project by Lloyd’s Register, Knutsen, HD Korea Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering and HD Hyundai Heavy Industries, will make first-of-a-kind study and help shipowners to make a decision on whether to extend the lifetime of vessels, to do conversions/upgrades or to build new vessels in order to minimize emissions.

The assessment will provide the detailed environmental impact of an identified LNG carrier and its carbon emissions, quantifying each construction stage’s raw material usage, energy inputs and environmental releases as well as the emissions for the vessel’s operations and eventual disposal.

The project is the first maritime industry study to measure carbon emissions for the entire life cycle of a ship from raw material extraction to decommissioning/recycling of the ship, including equipment and component manufacture, its transportation to the shipyard, construction and commissioning, operation and the maintenance of the ship.

Jarle Østenstad, director newbuilding and innovation, Knutsen, said: “We have for a long time been interested in finding out lifetime CO2 emissions from a ship. This project will give interesting results to be used for further optimization of the fleet and to do more qualified assessments for deciding whether to extend the lifetime of vessels, do conversions/upgrades or build new vessels in order to minimize emissions. We are very happy to be a partner with Lloyd’s and KSOE on this project and look forward to seeing the end results of the study.”