Chinese shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua has started building a new LNG carrier for Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation and PetroChina.
CSSC’s Hudong-Zhonghua held a steel-cutting ceremony on October 23 for the LNG carrier with a working name H1908A, it said in a statement.
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.
The delivery of the two vessels is expected to take place in the second half of 2025 and the first half of 2026.
Also, the vessels will have WinGD X-DF dual-fuel engines and GTT’s NO96 L03+ containment system, such as the previous six ships under the PCI program.
Earlier this year, the shipbuilder launched the fourth LNG carrier and on October 15 launched the the fifth LNG carrier in this batch.