China’s Dalian Shipbuilding Industry (DSIC) has officially kicked off construction of the first of eight 175,000-cbm LNG carriers for compatriot China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES), a unit of China Merchants Group.
The shipbuilder held a steel-cutting ceremony on June 1 for the LNG carrier with a working name G175K-1.
In March last year, CMES placed an order for two dual-fuel LNG carriers for $380 million, DSIC’s first order for large LNG carriers, and this vessel is part of that order.
The Chinese firm placed the most recent order for two LNG carriers worth some $470 million on May 26.
According to DSIC, the LNG carriers will be 295 meters long and 46.4 meters wide, with a design draft of 11.5 meters and a speed of 19.5 knots.
The vessels feature the latest LNG dual-fuel low-speed main engine with integrated ICER system, a reliquefaction unit, and GTT’s Mark III Flex membrane containment system, it said.
CMES will take delivery of all of these LNG carriers during 2025-2027.