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) and 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 abovementioned project follows the ExxonMobil LNG project which included the construction of four LNG carriers delivered by Hudong by April 2016.
The five vessels already delivered for the project are jointly owned by MOL (20%), CCSC and SINOPEC (80%).
MOL is currently involved in the operation of 96 LNG carriers — including FSRUs — and vessels under construction.