MOL’s LNG carrier starts trials in China

MOL’s 174,000-cbm LNG carrier, Greeenergy Ocean, has started its sea trials in China, according to Hudong-Zhonghua.

The LNG carrier (H1880A) kicked off sea trials on March 1, Hudong-Zhonghua said in a statement.

According to its AIS data, the LNG carrier returned to the yard on Wednesday.

This is the first of six LNG carriers Japan’s MOL, in a partnership with COSCO Shipping’s unit CSLNG, ordered at the shipbuilder in January 2022.

All of the ships will serve CNOOC’s gas and power unit under long-term charter deals.

MOL's LNG carrier nearing completion in China
Image: Hudong-Zhonghua

In January this year, 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, Greeenergy Ocean.

Hudong-Zhonghua 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, according to GTT.

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

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