Monday 19th Nov, 2018

Newly launched LNG carrier to transport Aussie gas / © Andreas Schlatterer

LNG carrier CESI Wenzhou (IMO 9694751) was delivered and is the fifth of six such vessels built to transport LNG from the Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) project.

The vessel will sail under a long-term charter contract to transport LNG that Sinopec will purchase from APLNG.

APLNG is a joint venture between ConocoPhillips, Origin (37.5% each) and Sinopec (25%) and exports LNG from its facilities on Curtis Island in Gladstone.

CESI Wenzhou, built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, has a length of 290m, a breadth of 45.6m and a draft of 11.7m.

Its membrane-type LNG tank has a capacity to carry 174,100 square metres of liquefied gas.

The Hong Kong-flagged vessel has a duel fuel diesel, electric main engine that can propel it to speeds of up to 19.5 knots.

CESI Wenzhou is managed by the China Energy Ship Management Company, which is 20% owned by MOL, and 80% owned by China Energy Shipping Investment Co. (CESI), a joint venture made up of China COSCO Shipping (51%) and Sinopec (49%).

The ship’s ownership structure looks similar; MOL’s stake is 20%, and CESI’s is 80%.

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