Classification society DNV says there are now at least 200 LNG-powered ships in operation around the globe as orders for such vessels continue to rise.
Owners placed in total 15 orders for LNG-powered ships in May, according to DNV’s Alternative Fuels Insight platform.
Growth in May orders was driven by large Capesize bulkers, followed by small tankers but also a few tugs, Martin Wold, principal consultant at DNV, said.
The orders include Eastern Pacific Shipping’s six LNG-powered dry bulk carriers which would go on charter to mining giant Rio Tinto but also orders by Canada’s McAsphalt and Germany’s John T. Essberger.
More than 500 LNG-fueled ships
As per vessels in operation, the DNV classed research vessel Atair became the 200th LNG-powered ship to go in operation, Wold said.
In addition, the global orderbook tipped 300, so in total there are now more than 500 LNG-fueled ships confirmed, Wold added.
The DNV platform shows that LNG-powered car and passenger ferries lead the way with 43 in operation, followed by 26 offshore supply ships, and 21 oil/chemical tankers.
As per vessels on order, LNG-powered containerships and crude oil tankers account for most of the orders with 57 units, each.
These statistics do not include smaller inland vessels such as GNG Ocean’s 50 LNG-powered bulkers that will be deployed on the Pearl River in China’s Guangdong province.