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ABS at the Gastech Exhibition & Conference 2018

Posted on Sep 26, 2018



Last week, ABS joined over 30,000 visitors in Barcelona for the 30th Annual Gastech Exhibition and Conference. This four-day exhibition and conference brings professionals from the global energy market together and has been at the forefront of upstream, midstream and downstream gas and LNG.

ABS joined over 300 speakers to examine the global demand and supply of gas and LNG, its future applications and how the industry would look in the future.

Dr. Bo Wang, ABS Technology Manager, presented his paper on the development of guidelines for design, construction and surveys of power vessels and on-board power plants.



ABS Vice President of Global Gas Solutions Patrick Janssens moderated two technical sessions during the week. One session focused on Floating Storage Regasification Units (FSRUs), and how FSRUs can be an effective solution for regasification terminals after overcoming technical and operational challenges. The other session focused on hydrogen applications for fuel.



ABS granted Approval In Principle (AIP) to Jiangnan Shipyard Co for the “LNG JUMBO,” a new efficient and environmentally friendly LNG carrier design that features the GTT MK III Flex Cargo Containment System.

Janssens stated, “ABS classed the world’s first LNG carrier and today continues to lead global LNG carrier classification. Jiangnan Shipyard has a long track record delivering innovative vessel designs, and we are delighted to support them.”



The following day ABS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sembcorp Marine and A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC). This MOU will develop new LNG technologies, applications and capabilities for the marine and offshore industries.

 “As a global leader in gas, ABS is collaborating with innovative companies and organizations such as Sembcorp Marine and IHPC to support the delivery of technologies that minimize the environmental impact of shipping,” said Tony Nassif, ABS Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

ABS and Sembcorp Contract


ABS also held a presentation and reception with probunkers to provide an update to their recent Joint Development Program for a fleet of LNG carriers. ABS and the global LNG bunkering supplier announced this project last June to design a specialized fleet of LNG bunker vessels for key ports around the world.

Additionally, the ABS team took part in the Power Play Reception hosted by ExxonMobil. Power Play is an international event series to help women make connections across the gas to power value chain through interactive networking sessions.

Throughout the exhibition, ABS also served BySea coffee by Sailor’s Society, which supports seafarers and their families around the world.