New LNG carrier joins Celsius fleet

South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries has hosted a naming ceremony for one 180,000-cbm LNG carrier it built for Denmark’s Celsius Tankers, a unit of Celsius Shipping.

Celsius Tech, a joint venture of Celsius Shipping and Hong Kong-based Fleet Management, announced on Friday via social media the naming ceremony the LNG vessel, Celsius Gandhinagar.

The JV will manage this newbuild LNG carrier, such as the previous newbuild Celsius Glarus and other Celsius vessels.

This is the fourth vessel of ten Celsius has on order at Samsung Heavy and it features MAN ME-GA engine and GTT’s Mark III Flex containment tech.

The first newbuild in this batch, Celsius Geneva, was named in July 2023.

Celsius will take delivery of the six remaining newbuilds during 2024-2026, according to its website.

Clearlake Shipping, a subsidiary of energy trader Gunvor, has taken on charter Celsius Glarus, Celsius Geneva, and Celsius Giza.

Back in October 2021, the Danish firm signed long-term charter deals for four LNG carriers with Clearlake Shipping.

In addition to these charters, Celsius Tankers, also signed long-term charter deals for four more newbuild LNG carriers with Clearlake Shipping.

China Merchants Heavy Industry in Jiangsu will build these vessels and deliver them in 2026 and 2027.

On top of this, Celsius also ordered in October two more LNG carriers at the Chinese shipbuilder and added four more optional vessels.

Following deliveries of all of these ships, the Danish firm will have 20 LNG carriers in its fleet. This includes four 180,000-cbm vessels delivered in 2020 and 2021.

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