China Prepares for Delivery of Worlds Largest LNG Tank Carrier
China, which is a major energy importer, is preparing to take an important step forward launching a unique approach to the importation of LNG. Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group recently completed the float out of the second of two vessels, which it is calling the world’s largest LNG tank container transport dual-fuel cargo ships. The shipbuilder expects to deliver the first vessel in the next few weeks and both will be used to launch an LNG import business.
The 250,000 dwt Tiger Maanshan was moved from the construction dry dock on November 5 to prepare for its sea trials. The Tiger Longkou had previously been floated and completed testing in October. Based on the success of the efforts, the shipyard now reports that it has advanced the delivery date for the Tiger Longkou with the vessel scheduled to be handed over in December 2021, four months ahead of schedule. The two ships, along with two others and options for up to four more are being built for Tiger Gas, headed up by Gerry Wang, the former CEO of Seaspan.
Each of the four vessels will be used to transport LNG, but instead of opting for the traditional LNG carrier, Tiger Gas developed vessels that will transport LNG gas tanks in a fashion similar to containers. Each ship has the capacity to load up to approximately 700 45-foot tanks. ....