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.
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.