MOL’s LNG carrier equipped with new GTT containment tech delivered in China

China’s Hudong-Zhonghua hosted a naming ceremony on Wednesday for MOL’s 174,000-cbm LNG carrier, Greenergy Ocean, equipped with GTT’s NO96 Super+ containment system.

Hudong-Zhonghua says this is the world’s first fifth-generation “Changheng” series LNG carrier, and it was delivered five months ahead of the contract period.

The official delivery of the vessel will take place at the end of May, Japan’s MOL said in a statement later on Wednesday.

Besides GTT’s NO96 Super+ containment system, the 299 meters long vessel features WinGD 5X72DF2.1 dual-fuel main engine.

This is the first of six LNG carriers MOL, in a partnership with COSCO Shipping’s unit CSLNG, ordered at the shipbuilder in January 2022. MOL also said that CNOOC is part of the JV which owns the vessels.

All of the ships will serve CNOOC’s gas and power unit under long-term charter deals and are expected to be delivered by 2026.

MOL’s LNG carrier equipped with new GTT containment tech delivered in China
Image: Hudong-Zhonghua

Greenergy Ocean started its sea trials in March.

In January, Hudong-Zhonghua completed the world’s first LNG tanks fitted with GTT’s NO96 Super+ containment system.

The shipbuilder closed the last of four LNG tanks with this system installed on this LNG carrier, Greenergy Ocean.

Hudong-Zhonghua previously said its LNG construction team had been working for seven months and 19 days to complete the construction of the tanks fitted with GTT’s NO96 Super+ containment system.

The shipbuilder is the first to complete tanks with this technology, while South Korea’s Hanwha Ocean, previously known as DSME, is also currently working on LNG tanks with this system.

Hanwha Ocean is also expected to soon deliver the first LNG carrier with this system.

NO96 Super+ offers a guaranteed boil-off rate of 0,085%V/d for the current standard-size LNG carrier, GTT claims.

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