China’s Wuhu yard on Friday launched the first out of two Donsotank’s LNG-powered product and chemical tankers.
The yard held the launching ceremony for the 22,000 dwt Prospero in quite foggy weather, the vessel designer FKAB said in a statement.
To remind, Swedish privately-owned shipping firm Donsotank ordered the LNG-powered tankers in December 2018. Wuhu held a keel-laying ceremony for the first vessel in August last year.
Both of the Ice class 1A ships will have Wartsila LNG propulsion but Wuhu will also equip them with a battery pack.
In addition, the 167.3 meters long vessels feature an F-Bow design hull optimized to withstand harsh weather conditions.
The Chinese yard claims the vessels to be the world’s first hybrid chemical tankers. It will deliver them during this year.