China’s Hudong-Zhonghua is moving forward with the construction of the fourth LNG carrier for CSSC Shipping, the financial leasing unit of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, says an article published on LNG Prime.
The CSSC-controlled yard held a keel-laying ceremony on November 22 for the LNG carrier with a working name H1830A, it said in a statement.
Part of Hudong-Zhonghua’s fourth-generation Changxing series, the 295 meters long LNG carrier will feature WinGD’s X-DF dual-fuel engines and GTT’s NO96 L03+ containment system.
Hudong-Zhonghua started building this 174,000-cbm vessel in June this year and should deliver it in 2024.
As previously reported by LNG Prime, CSSC Shipping and Hudong-Zhonghua signed the shipbuilding contract for this vessel on January 6.
The shipbuilder already built two 174,000-cbm LNG carriers for CSSC Shipping as part of a contract signed in December 2019 while the two firms signed a shipbuilding contract for the third LNG carrier in July last year.
This fourth vessel is part of the original 2+1+1 contract signed in 2019.
It follows sister vessels Mu Lan, which serves PetroChina, as well as Gui Ying, which works for trader Gunvor.
Hudong-Zhonghua held a keel-laying ceremony for the third LNG carrier in this batch on September 26 and should deliver it in 2024 as well.
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Source: LNG Prime