GTT will subcontract the LNG tank construction to DSEC on a LNG as fuel project related to the outfitting of LNG tanks on Le Commandant Charcot polar exploration vessel (PONANT) to be built in the Norwegian shipyard VARD. 

This contract, finalised on August 28th 2019, unites GTT and DSEC’s capabilities. GTT, as main contractor, will be responsible for the project studies, procurement, supervision, maintenance and related services in order to bring the best expertise to the client, while DSEC will be in charge of the containment system installation and construction.

Moreover, DSEC is already recognised for its ability to support shipyards as a GTT qualified outfitter licensee. 
Le Commandant Charcot is intended for expeditions of duration from 2 weeks to 1 month. Thanks to its two tanks of a total capacity of 4,500 m3, the ship will be capable of making its entire round-trip using LNG. This performance is made possible by the compactness of GTT’s membrane containment system which optimizes the payload in very restricted spaces, thereby maximising the autonomy of the ship. 

Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT commented: “This project sets an important milestone in the development of the LNG as a fuel. GTT is proud to bring its expertise to PONANT and VARD alongside with DSEC’s experience”. 

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