MSC takes delivery of second LNG-powered containership in China

Switzerland-based shipping giant MSC has taken delivery of its second LNG-powered containership, MSC Virginia, from China’s Yangzijiang Shipbuilding in Jiangsu.

The Chinese shipbuilder said in a statement it had delivered the 335 meters long LNG dual-fuel containership during a ceremony last week.

This follows the delivery of it sister ship, MSC Washington, on June 24, the first LNG dual-fuel containership in MSC’s fleet, but the shipping company with about 700 vessels is working on a large fleet of LNG-fueled vessels.

Back in 2020, Greathorse Shipping, a subsidiary of Tiger Group, ordered two sister ships at Yangzijang Shipbuilding for about $110 million per vessel, according to VesselsValue.

Earlier this year, LNG Prime reported citing shipbuilding sources that MSC bought the LNG-powered MSC Washington and its sister vessel, MSC Virginia. MSC previously chartered the ships from Greathorse.

Yangzijiang Shipbuilding said in the statement it had delivered the vessel to Tiger Container Two Limited, a unit of Tiger.

The shipbuilder did not say anything about the change of ownership.

Singapore-based LNG fuel system specialist C-LNG Solutions previously said that the first vessel in this batch features a type C bi-lobe LNG tank that can store about 12,300 cbm of LNG

The firm claims this is the world’s largest type C LNG tank. Besides the giant tank, the vessel has WinGD 9X92DF dual-fuel engines.

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