Shanghai: Chinese yards continue to up the ante in VLGC design with news of orders for the world’s largest LPG carriers to date. The shipowning arm of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, CSSC Leasing, has teamed up with Tianjin Southwest Maritime to order a pair of 85,000 cu m LPG carriers. The ships will be built at Jiangan Changxing Heavy Industry, controlled by CSSC’s Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS). SWS came up with the design.
The 226 m long ships will deliver in the first half of 2017.
Jiangnan Heavy delivered its first VLGC last November – the 83,000 cu m ship becoming the first Chinese-designed vessel of this high specification ship type.