Japanese Pact Advances LPG Carrier Design

Phoenix Harmonia

Source: MHI

Combining increased cargo volume with the ability to run on LPG fuel, the 230m Phoenix Harmonia gives first form to a new class of LPG/ammonia carrier at the top end of the capacity scale. As well as bolstering the fleet controlled by the Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) Group, the project has industrial significance as the outcome of technical collaboration between two Japanese shipbuilders.

Constructed by Namura Shipbuilding’s Imari yard with input from Mitsubishi Shipbuilding embracing development of the hull form and detail design, equipment procurement, and newbuild support, the Panamanian-registered gas carrier has entered service for MOL Energia of Singapore, under the operation and stewardship of MOL Tankship Management.

Mitsubishi’s considerable track record in producing very large LPG(VLGC) tankers and mid-size LPG/ammonia carriers has been brought to bear in realising an 87,000m3 cargo capacity compared to the 83,000m3 volume of preceding vessels. This represents the biggest ship size that can be received at major Japanese LPG terminals.

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