Cosco’s LNG carrier wraps up trials in China

Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation’s 174,000-cbm LNG carrier, Emei, has completed both its sea and gas trials, according to Chinese shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua.

Following completion of the “two-in-one” trial, the vessel returned to Hudong-Zhonghua’s Changxing shipbuilding base on November 14, according to a statement by the CSSC-controlled shipbuilder.

Hudong-Zhonghua launched this LNG carrier (H1834A) on May 31.

The shipbuilder did not say when it expects to deliver this vessel.

This is the fourth LNG tanker it built for Cosco Shipping and PetroChina and the first as part of the second stage of the PCI project which includes three vessels.

Hudong-Zhonghua delivered the first and the second LNG carrier under the PCI project, Shaolin and Wu Dang, last year, and the third carrier, Kun Lun, in March this year.

Hudong-Zhonghua recently also started building a new LNG carrier for the two firms.

This is the first of two 295 meters long LNG carriers the Chinese shipbuilder will build under the third stage of the Cosco Shipping-PetroChina project.

United Liquefied Gas Shipping, a joint venture in which Cosco Shipping has an 81 percent stake and partner PetroChina holds the rest, ordered these two LNG carriers in July this year.

All of the eight vessels will have WinGD X-DF dual-fuel engines and GTT’s NO96 L03+ containment system.

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