Chinese offshore yard Wison Offshore & Marine is looking to enter the large scale LNG carrier market after the company’s new 200,000 cu m LNG carrier design received an approval in principle (AIP) from DNV GL.
The design shows the vessel has a length of 300m and is fitted with a GTT Mark 3 Flex membrane system and WinGD dual-fuel engines.
Wison mainly builds offshore vessels and structures, and in 2017 delivered its first FLNG.
Chinese yards have been increasingly moving towards large LNG carrier construction. Last year, a consortium of Chinese companies led by Cosco and classification society Lloyd’s Register signed a memorandum of agreement to jointly develop a design for a 220,000 cu m LNG carrier with a GTT Mark 3 system.
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 shipyard secured a massive $2.8bn LNG carrier order from Qatar Petroleum last week.