Hudong-Zhonghua: second LNG carrier for Cosco and PetroChina almost complete

Chinese shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua has almost completed the second LNG carrier it is building for compatriot Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation and CNPC’s unit PetroChina.

The 174,000-cbm LNG carrier, Wu Dang, completed its gas trials on November 3, according to a statement by the shipbuilder.

Hudong-Zhonghua did not say when it expects to hand over the LNG carrier but the delivery should take place by the end of this year.

The shipbuilder held the naming and delivery ceremony for the 174,000-cbm Shaolin on October 25.

This is the first out of three LNG carriers Hudong-Zhonghua is building under the PCI project for Cosco and PetroChina and scheduled for delivery in 2022-2023.

Hudong-Zhonghua: second LNG carrier for Cosco and PetroChina almost complete
Image: Hudong-Zhonghua

Besides these vessels, Cosco and PetroChina ordered three additional sister LNG carriers in December last year.

Hudong-Zhonghua plans to deliver these vessels during 2024 and 2025.

The shipbuilder already started building the first and the second out of these three carriers.

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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