France/Belgium: LNG tanker employs hybrid, membrane cargo containment system ///

Due for completion in 2004, the 74,000-cu-m Gaz de France Energy LNG tanker (constructed by Alstom's Marine Sector) will be the first LNG carrier to utilize the new CS1 membrane cargo containment system developed by Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT). Membrane technology is an advanced means for LNG. The membrane technology benefits from more than 30 years of experience at sea onboard LNG carriers. Membrane systems are liners sustained by a ship's inner hull. The modular concept at the basis of the membrane technology allows for high flexibility, both in vessel sizes and in tank shapes. Hence, the design can be optimized to maximize cargo capacity and the profitability of transportation.

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