China’s Jiangnan Shipyard has started building the first LNG-powered containership for Singapore’s Pacific International Lines.
To mark the construction start, the CSSC-controlled yard in Shanghai held a steel-cutting ceremony on July 11 for the 14,000-teu vessel with a working name H2785, it said in a statement.
PIL’s CEO Lars Kastrup and officials from PIL, Jiangnan, and others attended the ceremony.
Following delivery in 2024, this vessel will be the first LNG-powered containership in PIL’s fleet.
Last year, PIL ordered four 14,000-teu LNG dual-fuel containerships at Jiangnan with deliveries scheduled from the second quarter of 2024 through to the first half of 2025.
The “Kun” series developed by Jiangnan will also be ammonia-ready.
Besides these ships, PIL also ordered four ammonia-ready LNG-powered containerships at China’s Yangzijiang Shipbuilding.
The shipping firm will take delivery of these 8,000-teu ships progressively in 2025.