SFL’s LNG-powered PCTC wraps up sea trials in China

SFL Corporation’s LNG dual-fuel pure car and truck carrier, Emden, has completed its sea trials in China, according to Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI).

CSSC’s GSI said in a brief statement that the vessel with a capacity of 7,000 units has completed its sea trials on August 24.

The shipbuilder says this is the first LNG-powered PCTC it has ever built and the first such vessel constructed in South China.

John Fredriksen-controlled SFL ordered in total four LNG-powered PCTCs with a capacity of 7,000 units at GSI.

SFL said in its recent quarterly report it expects to take delivery of car carriers Emden and Wolfsburg in the fourth quarter of this year and the first quarter of the next year.

Following delivery, these vessels will go on a long-term charter to German giant Volkswagen Group.

In addition, the other two vessels, Thor Highway and Odin Highway, will work for Japan’s K Line under charter deals, starting in 2024.

The LNG dual-fuel ship have a length of 200 meters, a width of 38 meters, and a design draft of 8.6 meters.

Each vessel will be powered by MAN ME-GI two-stroke main engine and feature two 1.675-cbm LNG storage tanks provided by MAN Cryo, a unit of Germany’s MAN Energy Solutions.

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