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Gerry Wang finds container work for novel gas carrier

MPPs, dry bulk carriers – even product tankers have been proposed to move containers during box shipping’s record earnings run. Now there’s news this week of a gas carrier moving containers, orchestrated by one of liner shipping’s most innovative pioneers, Gerry Wang, formerly of Seaspan.

According to Alphaliner, the containerised natural gas carrier Tiger Longkou, intended to be operated by Wang’s Tiger Gas, has gone on charter to Shandong International Transportation Corporation (SITC).

The novel ship – designed to move LNG in tank containers – was delivered by Yangzijiang Shipbuilding in China last month. The second of four 25,000 dwt gas carriers was delivered earlier this month with the other two due out of the yard also in 2022.

The shallow draft Tiger Longkou has a capacity to carry some 15,000 tons of gas in 690 forty-foot ISO tank boxes.

“Technically, the vessels are giant deckships with a length of 192.00 m and a breadth of 37.60 m (15 rows). This means that they do not have any holds and all containers are carried on deck, secured by cellguide structures,” Alphaliner explained its latest weekly report.

Tiger Gas’ original plan was to deploy all four ships on a regular service between Malaysia and China.
SITC has now put the new dual fuel ship on a box service linking China with Japan.

“Today’s ultra-strong liner market could very well prompt Tiger Gas to postpone their LNG supply chain project and put all four vessels on the container market,” Alphaliner predicted.

Splash reported earlier this month on Swedish tanker player Concordia Maritime’s product tanker conversion plan.

While dry bulk carriers have been seen carrying containers over the past six months, a tanker repurposed to carry boxes is something not seen since the advent of containerisation by Malcom Mclean 66 years ago.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Are we so short of news that we have to make up articles? Shock horror an oil tanker is carrying oil, a bulk carrier is transporting bulk, come on Sam I thought you were better than this blatant advertising

      1. It’s a non-news story- a ship built to carry gas in tank containers is now ”possibly” going to be used to carry…..wait for it (shock, horror, drum roll) ……..containers. Is Reddit devoid of irony or do you not recognise clickbait?

  2. Splash sinking to the depths of Clickbait. and there I was last week recommending Splash to a couple of non-shipping people. Won’t make that mistake again.

  3. Just wonder what will happen with all that gasous phase excess. Will it be vented to… the atmosphere?! Hmmm… Isn’t it that the methane has multiple times the greenhouse effect of the CO2? Technically it would be possible to collect vented methane and use for propulsion, but practically I don’t believe that.

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