Jiangnan starts work on PIL’s first LNG-fueled containership

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.

Jiangnan starts work on PIL's first LNG-fueled containership
Image: Jiangnan Shipyard

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.

WinGD engines will power all of these eight LNG-powered containerships, and the vessels will also feature GTT’s Mark III membrane system.

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