Firm Begins Construction Of 295-Meter LNG Carrier


Chinese shipbuilder, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding has started the construction of what is said to be the first single-class large LNG carrier of China Classification Society (CCS).

The steel-cutting ceremony for the 174,000 m3 LNG carrier H1909A of PetroChina International was held at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding on March 4.

This carrier is of the second series in the LNG Phase III project of COSCO and PetroChina, part of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), and also the first single-class large LNG carrier of CCS.

Three 174,000-cubic-meter ships Shaolin, Wudang, and Kun Lun were put into operation in the first phase of the project, and three ships of the second phase are under construction. 

According to CCS, the carrier is the fourth generation Changxing series large LNG carrier independently developed by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, which has full intellectual property rights.


With a length of 295 meters and the capability to reach a speed of 19.5 knots, the ship adopts the world’s latest generation of dual fuel low-speed propulsion power system, with a daily fuel consumption within 100 tons, and can operate in either gas or fuel mode, meeting the sulfur oxide emission regulations and nitrogen oxide emission TIERIII regulations in MARPOL Annex VI, CCS said.

“The commencement of this single class project marks another milestone in the development of CCS LNG carriers, making a significant contribution to the development of CCS. By upholding the national strategy of being strong in transportation, maritime and energy, CCS will make unremitting efforts, accumulate knowledge, and continuously improve its survey capabilities to pay tribute to the “two sessions” with its breakthrough in single class LNG carrier,” CCS said.-World Maritime News