Newbuild LPG carrier order

25 Mar 2014
The new LPG carrier order is identical to another vessel ordered by Astomos Energy late in 2013

The new LPG carrier order is identical to another vessel ordered by Astomos Energy late in 2013

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order from Astomos Energy Corporation for a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier to be built at MHI's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works.

The LPG carrier on order is identical to a vessel ordered from MHI by Astomos Energy late in 2013. This LPG carrier will measure 230.0m in length, 36.6m in width and 11.1m in draft, with a gross tonnage of 48,300 tonnes and deadweight tonnage of 51,100 dwt.

In addition the vessel will have the capacity to carry up to 83,000m3 of LPG. The adoption of MHI's unique hull design and other features will provide the carrier with superlative fuel efficiency and outstanding adaptability to the diverse connecting conditions of the world's LPG terminals.

The ship will also be equipped with the industry's most advanced systems, including mooring arrangement, to enable passage through the newly expanding Panama Canal.

Astomos Energy presently operates a total of 23 large-scale LPG carriers. All six vessels owned by the company were constructed by MHI, along with 11 of the 17 time-chartered vessels.

The company is actively pursuing a medium-term business plan to expand its LPG transport structure, targeting an increase in gross LPG handling volume from the current 10 million tonnes per year up to 12 million tonnes per year in 2015.

Completion and delivery of the new ship is scheduled for the first half of 2016.

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