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SHI awarded contract for two LNG carriers

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Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has announced that it has been awarded a contract for two 180 000 m3 LNG carriers from a European ship owner, Celsius Tankers, with an option for an additional two vessels.

The price for each vessel is US$187 million. Each vessel will be equipped with a Mark-III Flex type containment system with reliquefaction to lower BOR. The ships will also be designed to be in line with environmental regulations, such as SCR and BWTS. They are also fitted with fuel-saving technologies, including optimised hull design and propulsion customised for the owners’ operational requirements.

According to the statement, the Celsius LNG carriers are the first LNG carriers in the world to feature Samsung’s air lubrication system, SAVER Air. This system is an energy-saving device that sprays air at the bottom of the ship to form a layer of air between the hull surface and seawater in order to reduce friction.

SAVER was previously implemented by SHI in a 23 000 TEU mega containership for MSC last year. The system demonstrated excellent technological competence by overcoming limits of friction-reducing technologies for ships and achieving fuel savings that are rarely available in containerships.

A representative of SHI said: “SHI would continue to secure LNG carrier orders with more available slots and technological edge.”

The company’s new order total for 2018 now comes to a total of 31 vessels and US$3.3 billion. This consists of seven LNG carriers, eight containerships, 13 tankers, and three special purpose ships.

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