Chinese shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding delivered CESI Lianyungang, the final LNG carrier built for SINOPEC’s LNG project, on May 31.
Ordered by the joint venture of:
- Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)
- China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (CCSC)
- China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC)
- CESI Lianyungang is the sixth vessel in the China LNG Transportation Project
The 174,100-cbm newbuild will sail under a long-term charter transporting LNG that SINOPEC purchases from the Australia Pacific LNG Project. With a length of 290 meters and a width of 45.6 meters, CESI Lianyungang can reach a speed of 19.5 knots. The bunkering was made possible through cooperation between the LNG supplier SkanGas, the client company Cementa, and CMP.
The abovementioned project follows the ExxonMobil LNG project, which included the construction of four LNG carriers delivered by Hudong by April 2016. MOL (20%), CCSC and SINOPEC (80%) jointly own the five vessels already delivered for the project. MOL is currently involved in the operation of 96 LNG carriers — including FSRUs — and vessels under construction. The 4,500-dwt singledecker Iceland, which unloaded cement in Malmö, was provided with LNG via tanker Lorries at the end of May.