Avance VLGC heads for dry-docking after just 11 weeks

Oslo: Avance Gas has said that VLGC Monsoon (83,000dwt, built 2015), delivered from Jiangnan Shipyard in January, will be dry docked at Zhoushan Changhong International Shipyard this week.

The company said that technical irregularities occurred during its current voyage from Panama to China, and the vessel will head to the repair yard upon completion of discharge.

Investigations will then get underway to look at the cause of the defects and assess the scope of the work required. While the ship is under warranty from the yard, Avance will be looking at significant lost revenue while the vessel is out of action, and the company said that based on the report from the team investigating the defects, it will assess what stress tests will need to be applied to the sister ships to ensure that no similar technical defects occur.

The series of orders seem plagued with issues. Last April, a fire broke out on board one of the newbuildings although no injuries were reported with the fire extinguished almost immediately. Later in August, another fire broke out on one of the vessels, taking two hours to be put out.

Avance has six more of the vessels set to deliver from Jiangnan through the course of this year, having ordered a total of eight.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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