Denmark’s Celsius charters two new LNG carriers

Denmark’s Celsius Tankers confirmed it has ordered two more LNG carriers at South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries, boosting the orderbook to six 180,000-cbm vessels.

Samsung revealed this order in a stock exchange filling in August, but it did not disclose the name of the owner. Brokers said after the announcement that Celsius was behind the order.

Celsius Tankers, a unit of Celsius Shipping, said in a statement on Thursday it has ordered the vessels with partners and would take delivery of the ships in 2024.

Following completion, the ships would enter into long-term time charter with “one of the
first-class energy majors”, Celsius said.

The firm did not reveal any additional information regarding the charter.

In October, Celsius said it has signed charter deals for its four LNG newbuilds with Clearlake Shipping, a subsidiary of energy trader Gunvor.

Also, Celsius ordered these four LNG carriers at Samsung Heavy as well. The Korean yard will deliver these ships between 2023 and 2024.

All of 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.

Ten 180,000-cbm LNG carriers

Samsung Heavy 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.

With these orders, Celsius Tankers’ total fleet will grow to ten 180,000-cbm LNG carriers, while Celsius Tech will technically manage all of the ships.

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