Lloyd’s Register (LR) has signed a classification contract for six 174,000 m3 liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers to be built by Shanghai-based Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co. Ltd. The project is described as a key milestone in Chinese shipbuilding and a key indicator in the development of China’s LNG ambitions.
When delivered, the ships will load LNG in Gladstone, Australia for a number of Chinese import terminals – Qingdao, Beihai, Tianjin, Lianyungang and Wenzhou.
Steel cutting on the first ship will be in January 2014. The final ship will be delivered in the fourth quarter, 2017.
The ships will be fitted with medium speed MAN B&W dual-fuel diesel engine (DFDE) systems which will enable the ship to burn both gas and fuel oil, supplying power to twin electric motors and twin shafts. The intention would be to primarily burn natural gas. The LNG containment systems will be the NO96 type, a cryogenic liner directly supported by the ship’s inner hull.
Construction will take place near Shanghai at the Jiangnan Changxing Production Line No.1, now the responsibility of Hudong, following parent group China State Shipbuilding Corporation’s (CSSC) re-organisation of production facilities.
Nick Brown, Area General Manager and Marine Manager, Greater China, said: “This is a big project and a big win for LR. Importation of LNG is of strategic and long term importance for China and we welcome this opportunity to provide our expertise.”
On delivery the new LNG carrier orders will be dual classed by both LR and China Classification Society (CCS) and will sail under the Hong Kong flag.
(Source: Lloyd’s Register)