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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has signed an agreement with Osaka Gas International Transport (OGIT) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines to build two next-generation liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.

The 75,000dwt LNG carriers will each have a length of 288m, a width of 48.94m and a draft of 11.55m capable of carrying up to 153,000m3 of LNG using four Moss-type tanks.

Compared to conventional ships, the vessels, which are scheduled for delivery in 2014 and 2015, will consume 20% less fuel, the company said.

The LNG vessel pair will be jointly owned by Osaka Gas International Transport and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, which will function as the ship management company.

The two vessels are planned to be used for transportation of LNG procured by Osaka Gas.

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