Ethylene carrier orders for Hamworthy

22 Jan 2012
A liquid ethylene carrier design by Hamworthy, using the company’s cargo handling technology

A liquid ethylene carrier design by Hamworthy, using the company’s cargo handling technology

Hamworthy Oil & Gas Systems says it has secured more contracts for delivery of complete cargo handling systems to liquid ethylene gas (LEG) carriers to be built at the Sinopacific yard in Nantong, China.

The two 12,000m³ capacity, 139m long semi-pressurised and refrigerated LEG carriers will be incorporated in an ongoing project for the construction of six ships for Luxembourg-based Jaccar Holdings/Eitzen Ethylene Carriers. The owner is to operate under the ‘Evergas’ name, and the new ships will be built in accordance with Sinopacific’s ‘Tiger’ design. Delivery is scheduled from 2012 onwards.

The contract follows orders for systems for the first six LEG carriers in the ‘Tiger’ series, which Hamworthy signed with Sinopacific towards the end of 2010. Scope of delivery for the newbuildings covers engineering and the supply of cargo handling systems, including re-liquefaction plant and Hamworthy Svanehøj deepwell cargo pumps.

The onboard cargo handling systems are designed for high flexibility cargoes as the vessels have to be capable of transporting LEG at temperatures down to -104 °C.

“China is a leading country in the new contract market and, increasingly, it is investing more in vessels for gas transportation,” said Stein Thoresen, Hamworthy Oil & Gas Systems, LPG business unit director. “We see this innovative project as a very significant reference for Hamworthy in the gas ship market in China.”

The three tank arrangement ‘Tiger’ series vessels are configured to achieve enhanced intact and damage stability performance, easy cargo loading operations, and excellent floating conditions for navigation. The vessels meet exacting hull efficiency and reduced fuel consumption requirements, carry ‘Green Passport’ class notation, and comply with the MLC 2066 provisions, due to enter into force during or after 2012.

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