Kumiai Senpaku orders pair of LPG carriers at Sasaki Zosen

In the gas carrier sector, Japanese yard Sasaki Zosen has received an order for a pair of 5,000 cu m LPG carriers from domestic owner Kumiai Senpaku.

Upon delivery, scheduled in the final quarter of 2019, the vessels will go on charter to Statoil.

The orderbook for small LPG vessels globally is one of the smallest of any ship sector.

Predominantly a dry bulk carrier, Kumiai Senpaku does have some LPG exposure with four VLGCs trading and another two VLGCs under construction at Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

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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