Odfjell has awarded China Shipbuilding Trading and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) a construction contract for four chemical tankers incorporating stainless steel cargo tanks.

The four vessels will be the biggest of its kind, with a deadweight tonnage (dwt) of 49,000t and a cargo capacity of 54,600m³.

Odfjell is investing approximately $240m for construction of the vessels. The delivery of the first vessel is expected in June 2019, while the remaining vessels will be delivered in three month gaps.

"Odfjell is investing approximately $240m for construction of the vessels."

Kongsberg Maritime has been contracted to supply a fully integrated automation solution, integrating its proprietary Fuel Gas Supply System (FGSS), for Ilshin Shipping Company’s new 50,000dwt liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled bulk carrier.

The automation solution also includes a K-Chief 600 alarm, monitoring and control system, an AutoChief 600 propulsion control system, a Bearing Wear Monitoring System (BWCM), an Emergency Shutdown System (ESDS) and K-Gauge fuel tank monitoring system.

The vessel is being constructed by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, and will be the first of its kind to be constructed in South Korea.

The delivery of the vessel is anticipated in 2017.