Norwegian shipowner Knutsen has taken delivery of a new Shell-chartered LNG carrier from South Korea’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.
Hyundai Samho handed over the 174,000-cbm Extramadura Knutsen on Thursday, according to a brief social media post by Knutsen.
The French-flagged vessel is the sixth in the series of nine LNG newbuilds Knutsen chartered to Shell. Hyundai Samho launched this ship in May last year.
In January this year, Knutsen took delivery 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.
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 will 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 the end of 2025.