Knutsen takes delivery of new LNG carrier in South Korea

Norwegian shipowner Knutsen has taken delivery of a new Shell-chartered LNG carrier from South Korea’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.

Hyundai Samho handed over the 174,000-cbm Alicante Knutsen on Wednesday, according to a brief social media post by Knutsen LNG France.

The unit of Knutsen said this is the company’s second French-flagged vessel after the 174,000-cbm Malaga Knutsen that was delivered in July.

Prior to that, Hyundai Samho delivered Santander Knutsen and held a naming ceremony for three other LNG carriers, namely Extremadura Knutsen, Huelva Knutsen, and Ferrol Knutsen.

All of these ships will serve Shell under charter contracts.

Knutsen takes delivery of new LNG carrier in South Korea
Image: Knutsen LNG France

The LNG carriers feature WinGD’s dual-fuel X-DF engines and GTT’s Mark III Flex containment system.

Moreover, the 297 meters long ships have boil-off management plants, air lubrication systems, and shaft generators for auxiliary power along with optimized hull and design speed, according to Knutsen.

Hyundai Samho previously said that it would build 15 LNG carriers of the same type for Knutsen for about $2.8 billion, the largest-ever project for the shipbuilder.

The Korean yard plans to deliver all of these ships by December 2025.

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