Hudong-Zhonghua’s Expansion In LNG Carrier Production

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  • Hudong-Zhonghua recently launched two LNG carriers.
  • The shipbuilder is strategically planning to double its LNG carrier production capacity.
  • The LNG carriers are part of Hudong-Zhonghua’s fifth-generation Changxeng series.

Hudong-Zhonghua, a Chinese shipbuilder, recently launched two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. These launches are part of the company’s aim to deliver a total of eight LNG vessels this year, reports LNG Prime.

Simultaneous Construction of Four Large LNG Carriers

Hudong-Zhonghua is currently building four large LNG carriers simultaneously at its No. 2 dock in the Changxing shipbuilding base.

Two LNG carriers were floated, while the other two were half-floated on the same day, marking a significant milestone.

Doubling LNG Carrier Production Capacity

The shipbuilder is strategically planning to double its LNG carrier production capacity.

Currently, it is constructing 16 LNG carriers and aims to launch 11 ships and complete 8 ships this year, setting a new record for annual completion and delivery of LNG carriers in China.

Increasing Order Book and Delivery Plans

Hudong-Zhonghua currently has more than 50 LNG carriers on order, including over 30 fifth-generation vessels, with delivery schedules extending until 2028.

Last year, the company delivered a record six LNG carriers.

Details of Launched LNG Vessels

The launched LNG vessels are identified by their hull names as H1792A and H1836A.

H1792A is the third vessel being built for Japan’s MOL and Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation.

H1836A is the sixth LNG carrier Hudong-Zhonghua is constructing for Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation and PetroChina.

Key Features of the LNG Vessels

The LNG carriers are part of Hudong-Zhonghua’s fifth-generation Changxeng series, measuring 299 meters long and 46.4 meters wide.

They are equipped with WinGD X-DF dual-fuel engines and GTT’s NO96 L03+ containment system.

The vessels, with a length of 295 meters, will serve PetroChina under charter contracts.

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Source: LNG prime