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Hudong-Zhonghua chases Qatari custom with record-breaking 270,000 cu m LNG design

A Chinese yard is pressing ahead with what will become the world’s largest LNG carrier, dwarfing even the existing Qatari Q-Maxes that have dominated the gas trades over the past decade.

Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, which has led China’s LNG carrier building to date, has teamed with class society DNV GL to develop a 270,000 cu m gas carrier.

The news comes as Nakilat from Qatar readies a huge order for LNG carriers, seeking more than 50 ships. Nakilat has been touring yards in East Asia ahead of making its decision. When it last ordered ships on such a scale, 15 years ago, the contracts all went to South Korea and were split between so called Q-Flexes and Q-Maxes, which are 210,000 cu m and 266,000 cu m in capacity respectively.

Hudong-Zhonghua built China’s first gas carrier as well as the country’s first gas carriers for export.

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.
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