Hudong-Zhonghua starts work on Cosco’s LNG carrier

Chinese shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua has started building the sixth LNG carrier for compatriot Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation and PetroChina.

CSSC’s Hudong-Zhonghua held a steel-cutting ceremony on Monday for the LNG carrier with a working name H1836A, it said in a statement.

This is the last of six LNG carriers Hudong-Zhonghua is building for the two firms.

Hudong-Zhonghua delivered the first and the second LNG carrier under the PCI project, Shaolin and Wu Dang, last year, and the third carrier, Kun Lun, in March this year.

Hudong-Zhonghua starts work on Cosco's LNG carrier
Image: Hudong-Zhonghua

Besides these vessels, Cosco and PetroChina ordered three additional sister LNG carriers in December 2021 and this carrier with a working name H1836A is the last in that batch.

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

All of the six LNG vessels 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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