Hudong-Zhonghua lays keel for fourth Cosco LNG carrier

Chinese shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua is moving forward with construction on the fourth LNG carrier for compatriot Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation and CNPC’s unit PetroChina.

The CSSC-owned shipbuilder held a keel-laying ceremony on January 12 for the 174,000-cbm LNG carrier with a working name H1834A.

Hudong-Zhonghua started building this vessel in July last year as part of a deal for three new LNG carries it signed with Cosco and PetroChina in December 2021, boosting the total to six LNG carriers.

This vessel is the fourth in the batch of six and the first from this contract in December 2021.

Hudong-Zhonghua already delivered the first and the second LNG carrier in these series, Shaolin and Wu Dang.

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

The 295 meters long ships each have a price tag of about $185 million and will serve PetroChina under charter contracts.

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