K Line’s second LNG carrier wraps up gas trials in China

The second 79,960-cbm LNG carrier owned by Japan’s K Line and chartered by Malaysia’s Petronas has completed its gas trials in China, according to shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua.

Hudong-Zhonghua said in a statement that Legenda Serenity had completed its gas trials on May 11, two days ahead of schedule.

The shipbuilder will now prepare the vessel for its delivery to K Line and Petronas later this month.

Hudong-Zhonghua did not reveal the delivery date for the mid-sized LNG tanker.

To remind, the company said last month that it was planning to deliver Lagenda Serenity and its sister vessel Lagenda Suria this month, as the shipbuilder had partially restored operations following Covid shutdown.

K-Line chartered both of the 239 meters long ABS-classed ships to Petronas for a period of 12 years.

They will transport LNG under a long-term deal the Malaysian firm signed with China’s Shenergy Group.

Furthermore, the Wuhaogou-Max (W-Max) vessels will be optimized for the delivery of LNG cargoes to Shenergy’s Wuhaogou terminal in Shanghai.

K Line also signed a shipbuilding contract with Hudong-Zhonghua for a third medium-sized LNG carrier in October last year. The LNG carrier is a sister vessel to the two ships with some minor modifications.

All of the ships feature WinGD’s dual-fuel X-DF propulsion and GTT’s NO96 L03+ containment system.

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