China’s state-owned Hudong-Zhonghua has started building the first of two 79,960-cbm LNG carriers for Japan’s shipping giant K Line.
K Line will charter both of the mid-size LNG carriers to Malaysia’s Petronas for a period of 12 years.
The 239 meters long vessels will ship the fuel under a long-term deal the Malaysian firm signed with China’s Shenergy Group.
Furthermore, the Wuhaogou-Max (W-Max) vessels will be optimized for the delivery of LNG cargoes to Shenergy’s Wuhaogou terminal in Shanghai.
With a draft of less then nine meters, the ships are capable of delivering fully laden cargoes within the channel’s permissible limits without exceeding the port’s draught limit.
Both of the LNG carriers will feature WinGD’s dual-fuel X-DF engine and GTT’s NO96 containment system.
Hudong-Zhonghua will deliver the LNG carriers in the second quarter of 2022.