Tsuneishi Shipbuilding enters LPG carrier construction

Japan’s Tsuneishi Shipbuilding has entered into a new field of constructiuon, winning its first orders for LPG carriers.

An unspecified Japanese owner has ordered four small LPG carriers which will be built at Tsuneishi’s Hiroshima yard for delivery starting in 2023. The ships are 99 m long with a 5,000 cu m carrying capacity.

Mitsui E & S Shipbuilding has helped Tsuneishi in the design of the gas carrier’s cargo tanks.

While Tsuneishi has not revealed which owner has put pen to paper for these newbuilds, there is strong speculation it could be Kambara Kisen, the shipowning sister firm of the shipbuilder.

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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