China’s Hudong-Zhonghua has started building the fourth LNG carrier for CSSC Shipping, the financial leasing unit of China State Shipbuilding Corporation.
To mark the construction start, the state-owned yard held a steel-cutting ceremony on June 21 for the 174,000-cbm LNG carrier with a working name H1830A, it said in a statement.
Part of Hudong’s fourth-generation Changxing series, the 295 meters long LNG carrier will feature WinGD’s X-DF dual-fuel engines and GTT’s NO96 L03+ containment system.
Hudong-Zhonghua expects to deliver this vessel in 2024.
As previously reported by LNG Prime, CSSC Shipping and Hudong-Zhonghua signed the shipbuilding contract for this vessel on January 6.
The CSSC-controlled shipbuilder has already built two 174,000-cbm LNG carriers for CSSC Shipping as part of a contract signed in December 2019. The two firms also signed a shipbuilding contract for the third LNG carrier in July last year.
This fourth vessel is a part of the original 2+1+1 contract signed in 2019.
Hudong started building the third vessel in December as well and should deliver it in 2024.