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Mitsubishi receives order for LNG carriers

LNG Industry,

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) has received an order for two ‘Sayaringo STaGE’ LNG carriers, for delivery to NYK Line.

The carriers will feature a new design that achieves improvements in both LNG carrying capacity and fuel efficiency, through the adoption of an efficient hull structure and hybrid propulsion system.

Cameron LNG

The vessels are scheduled for completion and delivery in 2018. They will be put into service for transporting gas produced at the Cameron LNG Project in Louisiana, US.

The order for the two LNG carriers was received through MI LNG Co. Ltd, a joint venture between MHI and Imabari Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. The vessels will be constructed at MHI's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works.

Vessel specifications

The vessels will have an overall length of 293.5 m, width of 48.94 m, depth of 27.0 m and draft of 11.05 m. Total capacity of the Moss-type tanks will be 165 000 m3. The adoption of a tank cover integrated with the hull structure, developed by MHI with the support of Aker Arctic Technology Inc., enables a lighter vessel while fully retaining structural strength.

The Sayaringo STaGE carriers feature a STaGE (Steam Turbine and Gas Engines) hybrid propulsion system. Components include an ultra steam turbine (UST) plant, a reheating steam type marine turbine, a dual-fuel diesel engine capable of operating on both gas and oil, and an electric propulsion motor.

This latest order from NYK Line follows one received in January 2015, for two LNG carriers, which will also be used to transport shale gas produced in North America to customers in Asia.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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