Knutsen takes delivery of LNG carrier chartered by Shell

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

Knutsen announced via social media on Tuesday that it has welcomed the 174,000-cbm Paris Knutsen to its fleet.

This French-flagged and LR-classed vessel will serve a charter with LNG giant Shell.

“Paris Knutsen is the 7th vessel in the Shell series, 8th vessel delivered by HSHI, and 10th vessel we have delivered within the last 15 months,” Knutsen said.

“The vessel is sister vessel of 8091-96 with the only exception being MAN ME-GA main engines and Hi-ALS air lubrication system,” the firm said.

Knutsen did not provide any additional information.

According to VesselsValue data, Knutsen ordered this LNG carrier along another vessel at Hyundai Samho in July 2021.

Knutsen paid about $199 million for the vessel.

In February this year, Knutsen took delivery of the French-flagged Extramadura Knutsen, the sixth vessel in the series of nine LNG newbuilds it chartered to Shell.

Knutsen took delivery in January of the fifth LNG carrier in this batch, the French-flagged Ferrol Knutsen.

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

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