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Silverstream Technologies signs deal with CMES to install Silverstream System on four large LNG carriers

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Silverstream Technologies has signed a deal with China Merchants Energy Shipping to install its market-leading air lubrication technology, the Silverstream® System, on four 175 000 billion m3 LNG carriers being built at Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC).

The agreement for four firm installations and two options will see Silverstream’s proven technology fitted onto the very first Chinese-owned, Chinese-built LNG carriers in the global fleet.

The installations will take place over the next two years, with work expected to be completed by the end of 2024, in line with DSIC’s building schedule.

The order further underpins Silverstream’s strong track record in the large LNG carrier segment, bringing the company’s total number of contracted LNG carriers to 23 vessels, eight of which are already in service. It also follows another recent deal with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to install the Silverstream System on six of the first LNG carriers built at China’s Jiangnan shipyard.

The new 175 billion m3 LNG carriers being built at DSIC are each jointly classed between China Classification Society and Lloyd’s Register, American Bureau of Shipping, DNV, and Bureau Veritas respectively.

The Silverstream System will cut the vessels’ fuel consumption and emissions by 5 – 10% net and is effective in all sea conditions. It will co-exist on board with a number of other technological innovations including a Mark III membrane cargo containment system and an LNG dual-fuel propulsion chain.

Noah Silberschmidt, Founder and CEO, Silverstream Technologies, said: “We are delighted to announce this new deal with China Merchants Energy Shipping that will see our technology installed on the very first Chinese-owned, Chinese-built LNG carriers in the world. It comes thanks to our proven track record of cutting emissions and fuel consumption in one of the shipping industry’s most important operating sectors.

“The agreement strengthens our cooperation with CMES in LNG ship investment and builds on our already strong relationship with DSIC. We look forward to work-ing on these vessels and deepening the ties between Silverstream’s Shanghai presence and the region’s most important maritime players over the next two years.”

The installation of Silverstream’s technology on the new LNG carriers comes as part of CMES’s strategy to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its operations in the near term. Alongside installing the Silverstream System to cut fuel consumption and carbon dioxide, CMES is also sharing voyage and ship data with BHP and DNV to help slash the environmental impact of its fleet.

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