Hudong-Zhonghua launches K Line’s third LNG carrier

China’s Hudong-Zhonghua has launched the third 79,960-cbm LNG carrier the yard is building for Japan’s shipping firm K Line.

The launching ceremony for the 239 meters long vessel (H1838A) took place on November 25, Hudong-Zhonghua said in a statement.

Hudong-Zhonghua did not name the owner but this is the third medium-sized LNG carrier K Line ordered at the shipbuilder last year.

The new LNG carrier is a sister vessel to the 79,960-cbm Lagenda Serenity and Lagenda Suria, delivered in May and June this year, respectively.

K Line chartered both of these ship to Petronas for a period of 12 years.

They transport LNG from Malaysia to China under a long-term deal Petronas signed with China’s Shenergy Group.

The Wuhaogou-Max (W-Max) vessels are optimized for the delivery of LNG cargoes to Shenergy’s Wuhaogou terminal in Shanghai.

The ships feature WinGD’s dual-fuel X-DF propulsion and GTT’s NO96 L03+ containment system.

Shipbuilding sources previously said that this third LNG carrier would also serve Petronas under a charter deal.

Hudong-Zhonghua is expected to deliver this ship in 2023.

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