BW Group and Pavilion Energy joint-venture (JV) BW Pavilion LNG has christened its two Singapore-flagged LNG vessels at Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard, South Korea.
Classed by DNV-GL, the newbuilds BW Pavilion Vanda and BW Pavilion Leeara will expand the current fleet of BW Pavilion and will be able to carry approximately 162,000t of LNG.
The vessels feature ecologically friendly specifications, such as low boil-off rates (BOR) and hybrid low-duty (LD) compressors that help to minimise the amount of fuel required to cool the vessel’s LNG gas cargo.
In addition, it is equipped with a ballast water treatment system that is fully compliant with the ballast water performance standards of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
BW Group chairman Andreas Sohmen-Pao said: "BW Pavilion Vanda and BW Pavilion Leeara represent the JV’s commitment to providing customers with high-quality LNG shipping, as well as tailored gas infrastructure solutions.
"BW looks forward to continued growth of the JV in an exciting maritime segment."
The vessels have been constructed following the new Panama Canal requirements and are certified for possible future journey through the canal.
Pavilion Energy Group CEO Seah Moon Ming said: "With growing Asian LNG demand, the delivery of the new LNG vessels is a significant milestone in Pavilion Energy’s capability build-up, as part of our plans to be an integrated LNG company."
The BW Pavilion Vanda is expected to start service from 15 December, while the construction of BW Pavilion Leeara is scheduled for completion by the end of March 2015.