Knutsen takes delivery of fourth LNG carrier chartered by Shell

Norwegian shipowner Knutsen has taken delivery of another Shell-chartered LNG carrier from South Korea’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.

Hyundai Samho handed over the Norwegian-flagged 174,000-cbm LNG carrier, Huelva Knutsen, on Wednesday, Knutsen said in a social media post.

Huelva Knutsen is the fourth vessel in the series of nine LNG carriers going into long-term contract with LNG giant Shell, according to the shipowner.

Prior to this vessel, Knutsen welcomed in its fleet the Norwegian-flagged Santander Knutsen and two French-flagged vessels, namely Malaga Knutsen and Alicante Knutsen.

The LNG carriers feature WinGD’s dual-fuel X-DF engines and GTT’s Mark III Flex containment system.

Moreover, the 297 meters long ships have boil-off management plants, air lubrication systems, and shaft generators for auxiliary power along with optimized hull and design speed, according to Knutsen.

Hyundai Samho previously said that it would build 15 LNG carriers of the same type for Knutsen for about $2.8 billion, the largest-ever project for the shipbuilder.

The Korean yard aims to deliver all of these ships by December 2025.

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