Shell signs charter contracts for four newbuild LNG carriers
Dec 15, 2020
Shell Tankers (Singapore) Private Limited (“Shell”) has signed agreements for four LNG ships with Knutsen LNG, Pan Ocean Co., Ltd., and investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management. The 174,000 cbm LNG ships will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.
“These ships will play a key role in lowering emissions from the Shell time charter fleet,” said Grahaeme Henderson, Head of Shell Shipping & Maritime. “As well as reducing emissions from our own operations, we are actively working with the industry to help accelerate shipping’s progress towards net-zero. The ships’ designs have been developed with Hyundai Heavy Industries and the owners to deliver the lowest emission LNG carriers on the water. And we will continue to collaborate so that as an industry we can take forward these design ideas and progressively reduce emissions from the global fleet.”
The ships incorporate the latest industry learnings and recommendations on safety, including MEG4-compliant moorings. 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 along with optimised hull and design speed. This will deliver around a 50% reduction in carbon emissions compared to 2008 steam turbine LNG carriers and, as part of Shell’s time-charter fleet, each vessel’s performance will be optimised by analysing real time data from the ships and deploying Shell’s proprietary draft and trim optimisation software, JAWS, to enable further efficiencies and emission reductions.
Delivery will take place from mid-2024. This order builds on the long term charters that Shell announced for eight ships of the same class in December 2019 and six in August 2020.
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