GSI launches LNG-powered Hafnia Loire

China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) has launched the LNG-powered LR2 tanker, Hafnia Loire, owned by a joint venture of Hafnia and CSSC Shipping.

CSSC’s GSI said in a statement it floated out the 110,000-dwt LNG-dual fuel crude oil and product tanker on December 1.

The shipbuilder did not provide any additional information.

This is the second of out two LNG-powered Aframax-type LR2 vessels Hafnia, a unit of Singapore-based gas shipping giant BW, ordered back in 2020 via its Vista Shipping JV with CSSC’s financial leasing unit, CSSC Shipping.

Each tanker will be 250 meters long with 12 cargo tanks, enabling a carrying capacity of 110,000 dwt or 133,500 cbm.

Featuring LNG fuel capacity of 3,600 cbm, the vessels would have a range of 13,500 nautical miles when sailing on LNG at 14.5 knots, Hafnia previously said.

Following delivery in 2023, both Hafnia Loire and Hafnia Languedoc will serve TotalEnergies under charter deals.

Besides these two vessels, Vista Shipping also ordered two more LNG-powered LR2 tankers at GSI last year.

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