Hudong-Zhonghua starts work on second LNG carrier for MOL and CNOOC

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

Hudong-Zhonghua held a steel-cutting ceremony for the vessel with a working name H1881A on June 28, it said in a statement.

The shipbuilder started building the first LNG vessel in this batch of six in August last year.

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’s gas and power unit under long-term charter deals.

Hudong-Zhonghua starts work on second LNG carrier for MOL and CNOOC
Image: Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding

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 the vessels from 2024 through 2026.

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