MHI takes Astomos LPG carrier order

The fourth very lare LPG carrier for Astomos Energy will offer 'world-best' efficiency features The fourth very lare LPG carrier for Astomos Energy will offer 'world-best' efficiency features

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will build another very large LPG carrier for Astomos Energy Corp, the fourth vessel in an identical series first ordered in 2013.

The new vessel, designed to accommodate major LPG terminals around the world, will provide what MHO described as “the world’s highest-level of energy-saving performance”. Delivery is scheduled for the first half of 2017.

The carrier will measure 230m loa, 36.6m in width and 11.1m in draft, weighing 48,300gt and 51,100dwt. It will have capacity to carry up to 83,000m3 of LPG. MHI highlighted its unique hull design among the features contributing to the ship’s efficiency.

“The ship will also be equipped with the industry's most advanced systems, including mooring arrangement, to enable passage through the newly expanded Panama Canal,” MHI added. Construction, as with the three previously ordered vessels, will be carried out at MHI's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works.

Astomos Energy operates a fleet of 21 large-scale LPG carriers. All six vessels owned by the company and 10 of the company's 15 time-chartered vessels were built by MHI at the Nagasaki Shipyard. The new carrier will replace a vessel owned by Astomos Energy built in the early 1990s.

MHI noted that demand for LPG produced in North America is projected to increase in the medium- and long-term in markets worldwide, including East Asia. Coupled with the enlargement of the Panama Canal, newly constructed ships must offer increased carrying capacities and be able to transport over longer distances.

The ship builder added: “In responding to the heightening demands for LPG carriers, MHI will focus on the development of ever more energy-efficient, environmentally compatible and flexibly operable LPG carriers and pursue more proactive proposal-based solutions marketing.”

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