Denmark’s Celsius charters LNG carrier quartet to Gunvor’s unit

Denmark’s Celsius Tankers, a unit of Celsius Shipping, has signed charter deals for its four LNG newbuilds with Clearlake Shipping, a subsidiary of energy trader Gunvor.

The Copenhagen-based firm said it has chartered the 180,000-cbm vessels on a long-term period, but it did not reveal the duration of the charter.

Also, Celsius confirmed on Monday it has ordered the four LNG carriers at Samsung Heavy. The Korean yard will deliver these ships between 2023 and 2024.

The vessels will have Lloyds’ Register class notation “EEDI-3” meeting IMO requirements for ships built after 2025 for 30 percent more energy efficiency, according to Celsius.

Brokers reported earlier this year that Celsius had ordered four LNG carriers at Samsung Heavy.

The Korean shipbuilder already delivered four 180,000-cbm LNG tankers to Celsius Shipping.

Celsius took delivery of the first ship last year. Celsius Copenhagen works for Clearlake Shipping as well.

On the other side, Cheniere chartered the three remaining Celsius LNG newbuilds to ship volumes from its Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi facilities in the US.

The new carriers would be sister ships, but they offer additional improvements including lower emissions and reduced fuel consumption, Celsius said. They will feature MAN ME-GA propulsion.

“We are very pleased to continue the growth of the LNG fleet and in particular to expand the relationship with Clearlake and Gunvor,” Celsius chief Jeppe Jensen, said.

“Celsius Copenhagen, our first LNG carrier, delivered to Clearlake one year ago, and the relationship with Clearlake has worked in the best possible way,” he said.

Jensen added that Celsius looks forward to further develop this business and to continue delivering a “competitive and efficient service” to Clearlake and Gunvor.

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