Hudong-Zhonghua lays keel for MOL’s LNG tanker

Chinese shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua has laid the keel for the second of six 174,000-cbm LNG carriers it is building for Japan’s MOL and compatriot CNOOC.

Hudong-Zhonghua held the keel-laying ceremony for the vessel with a working name H1881A on January 5, according to a statement by CNOOC’s gas and power unit.

CNOOC Gas & Power sad the vessel is scheduled to be delivered at the end of August 2025.

Hudong-Zhonghua kicked off construction on this LNG carrier on June 28, 2023,

The shipbuilder started building the first LNG vessel in this batch of six in August 2022 and launched this ship which will be named Greeenergy Ocean in July last year. This vessel is expected to be delivered in May this year, CNOOC Gas & Power said.

MOL, in a partnership with COSCO Shipping’s unit CSLNG, ordered these six vessels from Hudong-Zhonghua in January 2022 for about $1.17 billion.

All of the ships will serve CNOOC Gas & Power under long-term charter deals.

Part of Hudong-Zhonghua’s fifth-generation Changxeng series, the 299 meters long vessels will feature WinGD’s X-DF dual-fuel engines and GTT’s NO96 Super+ containment system.

The Chinese shipbuilder will deliver all of the vessels until 2026.

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