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Three LNG-fuelled containerships under construction

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LNG Industry,

Containerships Plc has announced that the construction of three of its new LNG vessels is progressing at Wenchong Shipyard, Guangzhou.

For the first vessel, two double bottom blocks are being erected on the slipway. Furthermore, six blocks have been painted and over 80 blocks are accepted. More than 60 blocks for the first vessel are under construction, whilst two blocks of the second vessel have been accepted, and nearly 50 are being built. Containerships claims that steel cutting of the third vessel also commenced in May 2017.

Once the exterior of the vessel has been fully built in the slipway, it will be launched. Following its launch, shipbuilding will continue in an outfitting pier where the interior – including piping, cabling, smaller machinery and furnishings – will be installed, painted and tested, first at the pier and then during a sea trial weeks before the final delivery. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery in September, followed by the keel laying of the second vessel on the same slipway.

Altogether, Containerships is constructing four LNG-fuelled containerships, all of which are scheduled to commence operations in 2018. The company is investing more than €150 million to develop a logistics chain based entirely on LNG. The company was granted funding of €16.9 million by the European Union. In addition to this, Nordic Environment Finance Corp. (NEFCO) decided to invest €5 million in supporting the company’s environmental strategy in the Baltic Sea region.

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