GTT Inside #30 - March 2024

Message from Philippe Berterottière, Chairman & CEO of GTT


In this issue of GTT Inside, we are highlighting how GTT is more than ever concerned by environmental issues.

Beyond the very significant reduction of the CO2 footprint of LNG carriers obtained over the past decade, GTT is also actively working on the environmental footprint of materials used in containment systems.

You will read how HFO foam offers a drastically reduced global warming potential compared to foams using current blowing agents. Another way of adressing the issue of materials is to render acceptable plywood with more inclusions on external plies with no noticeable impact on the overall performance of the product.

You could read also how bound4blue, windsails for ocean going vessels, promises to significantly reduce the fuel consumption at an affordable cost. Enjoy!

Eco-Friendly Advancements in Foam Insulation: Embracing HFO Gas for Sustainable Solutions

Foam insulation has played a crucial role in the transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the past three decades. Among the leading innovators in this field is GTT, whose technologies have continuously evolved to ensure optimal conditions for LNG containment. In recent years, GTT has further embraced environmentally-friendly practices by transitioning to low Global Warming Potential (GWP) foam insulation.

Navigating Flexibility: Birch Plywood Optimization in GTT's Technologies

Within GTT's technologies, the unassuming yet crucial role of birch plywood takes centre stage, echoing a history that traces back to the earliest maritime construction. This indispensable material, sourced from renowned European suppliers like UPM, Metsä Wood and Latvijas Finieris, forms the backbone of vessels fitted with GTT's technology.

The World's Largest LNG Membrane Onshore Tanks Now Successfully in Operation

On November 15th, 2023, the first four LNG tanks of the Tianjin Nangang LNG terminal operated by Beijing Gas were filled to 95% capacity. The first two 220,000 m3 LNG membrane tanks, the largest built to date, have officially entered into commercial operation, completing an adventure of nearly four years, including engineering, construction, and commissioning.

eSAIL®: Pioneering Green Shipping with bound4blue’s Wind-Assisted Propulsion System

On September 7th, 2023, GTT announced that it had led a fundraising round to support the development of bound4blue, a technology developer of automated Wind-Assisted Propulsion System (WAPS) for maritime transport.