K Line takes delivery of first Petronas-chartered mid-sized LNG tanker

Japan’s K Line said it has taken delivery of the first out of two mid-sized LNG tankers it chartered to Malaysia’s Petronas.

China’s Hudong-Zhonghua delivered the 79,960-cbm LNG Lagenda Suria on Thursday, K Line said in a statement.

In March, Lagenda Suria completed its gas trials. Hudong-Zhonghua said last month that it was planning to deliver Lagenda Serenity and its sister vessel Lagenda Suria in May, as the shipbuilder had partially restored operations following Covid shutdown.

K Line said the second vessel would follow next month.

K Line takes delivery of first Petronas-chartered mid-sized LNG tanker
Image: Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding

The Japanese firm chartered both of the 239 meters long ABS-classed ships to Petronas for a period of 12 years.

They will transport LNG under a long-term deal the Malaysian firm 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.

K Line also signed a shipbuilding contract with Hudong-Zhonghua for a third medium-sized LNG carrier in October last year. The LNG carrier is a sister vessel to the two ships with some minor modifications.

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

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