PERFECt II: the second phase of the project is launched


On September 7th, on the occasion of SMM exhibition held in Hamburg, GTT, CMA CGM, DNV GL, ABB, Solar Turbines and OMT have signed a cooperation agreement for the development of the second phase of the PERFECt project.

Launched in October 2015, the PERFECt project (Piston Engine Room Free Efficient Containership) investigates the possibility of using a combined gas and steam turbine system (COGAS), LNG-fuelled, to power an ultra large container vessel (ULCS – 20, 000 TEU).

Besides the advantage to be more environment-friendly, this new concept allows to reduce to a minimum the machine room space and thus to gain commercial space.

This new configuration associated with the use of 2 membrane tanks, for a total capacity of slightly more than 20, 000 m3, allows to maintain the same autonomy as a conventional ship for a complete rotation Asia-Europe-Asia.

The first phase of the project performed by GTT, CMA Ships and DNV GL showed promising results with regard to the commercial competitiveness of the design compared to a LNG-fuelled ship with conventional propulsion system. The aim of the second phase of the project is to detail the technical concept and commercial feasibility.

“GTT is pleased to collaborate with key technical and industrial players to develop the PERFECt project. The results of the first phase proves not only that the project is technically and economically viable but also that the proven technologies can been deployed to make the PERFECt project a reality”, said Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT.