China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) and Dalian Shipbuilding signed deal for the construction of two liquefied gas (LNG) carriers and two Aframax crude oil tankers.
n particular, the LNG carriers have a total cargo capacity of 175,000 cubic meters, and they will feature LNG dual-fuel low-speed main engines.
As explained, the hull shape of the LNG carriers will have an optimized design that reduces self-propelled resistance and enhances propulsion efficiency, resulting in increased hydrodynamic performance. The carriers’ Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) surpasses the third-stage requirements by 50%, making them eco-friendly and economically beneficial.
According to CMES, in addition to the LNG carriers, the contract also encompasses the construction of two 115,000-ton crude oil tankers. These vessels’ design is tailored to meet the specific requirements of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).
With a length of approximately 243 meters and a molded width of 44 meters, these tankers have the capacity to carry around 800,000 barrels of crude oil. The tankers will be equipped with advanced features such as course-stabilizing fins, energy guide wheels, and vortex-eliminating fins.
Their main engines and generators are fitted with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) denitrification and desulfurization scrubber equipment. Furthermore, the design allows for potential conversion to methanol power at a later stage.