Very large LPG carrier ordered from MHI

06 Dec 2013
LPG carrier built by MHI

LPG carrier built by MHI

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) of Japan has received an order from Astomos Energy Corporation for a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier, designed for energy efficiency and versatility.

The ship is intended to flexibly accommodate the requirements of major LPG terminals. Completion and delivery of the newly ordered carrier are scheduled for the second half of 2015.

The 48,300gt and 51,100dwt LPG carrier to be built at MHI's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works, will measure 230.0m loa, 36.6m in width and 11.1m draught. LNG carrying capacity is up to 83,000m3 MHI's hull design contributes to the claimed high fuel efficiency.

Astomos Energy presently operates a fleet of 23 large-scale LPG carriers. The six company-owned vessels were all constructed by MHI; as were 11 of the 17 time-chartered vessels. Astomos Energy’s plan is to expand its LPG transport structure, targeting an increase in gross LPG handling volume from the current 10 million tons per year (mtpy) to 12mtpy in 2015.

MHI expects the so-called ‘US shale gas revolution’ to increase demand for gas transport in the global market, including East Asia, involving longer transport distances. The new carrier ordered by Astomos Energy can accommodate these dual needs, augmented by its specifications enabling passage through the enlarged Panama Canal. Meanwhile, MHI intends to apply its capabilities in shipbuilding and machinery to the development of ever more efficient LPG carriers.

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