Chinese shipbuilder Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering (CIMC SOE) is set to build up to six LNG carriers for Bermuda-registered company Avenir LNG, according to Clarksons.
The contract includes the construction of two 20,000 cbm firm plus up to four additional optional LNG bunkering vessels with delivery of the firm vessels set for 2021.
Details about the contract emerged following the yard’s announcement on the construction contracts becoming effective.
The small-scale LNG company was formed by Stolt-Nielsen, which holds majority of the company shares, in cooperation with Golar LNG and Höegh LNG.
Stolt-Nielsen has already ordered four small-scale LNG carriers from Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) for its subsidiary Stolt-Nielsen Gas.
The 7,500 m3 vessels will be equipped with engines that can run on both diesel and LNG. To be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021 respectively, the carriers will have a class notation for bunkering which enables the provision of LNG bunkering services if required.
World Maritime News Staff