In December 2019, Shell signed separate agreements for four LNG carriers with affiliates of Knutsen LNG, two LNG carriers with Korea Line Corporation and two LNG Carriers with Global Meridian Holdings Limited.
These state-of-the-art 174,000 cbm LNG carriers will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. They will all be equipped with efficient dual-fuel X-DF engines, boil-off management plants, air lubrication systems and shaft generators for auxiliary power. They will be integrated into Shell’s time-chartered trading fleet.
Dr Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President of Shell Shipping & Maritime, said: “These high technology ships deliver significant benefits for the Shell fleet by reducing emissions and improving fuel efficiency, and will support Shell’s trading businesses in safely and reliably delivering LNG to our customers around the world. Improvements in ship hull and machinery design, and the introduction of digital performance management systems, has resulted in up to 40% more fuel-efficient than equivalent ships operating in 2008. We have taken further steps with the addition of energy-efficient technologies on these ships, such as air lubrication, making a substantial reduction in the carbon intensity of our operations.”
Mr. S. Y. Park, Chief Operating Officer & Senior Executive Vice President of Hyundai Heavy Industries said: “This project is unique in the sense that its success depends on strong and close partnership among multiple parties. Thus, we are proud of the fact that, through exemplary collaboration between each of the parties, we have successfully brought the project to execution. We are also excited to envision that this project will lead the global LNGC shipbuilding/shipping industry by introducing vessels which are safer and more efficient and eco-friendly than ever. Accordingly, we look forward to the successful construction and delivery of the vessels through continued cooperation with the partners.”
Mr. Trygve Seglem, the owner of Knutsen OAS Shipping AS, says: “I am proud to be part of this agreement with Shell. This contract further extends our cooperation with Shell, and ensures that we can provide Shell with state of the art transportation services with these safe, efficient, and lower-emission LNG carriers.”
Image source: Courtesy of Knutsen Group
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