Wartsila has secured a new contract for very large ethane carriers (VLEC) from the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in South Korea.

HHI Shipyard has ordered a complete Wartsila cargo handling system design for two new 98,000 cbm VLECs that are currently under construction. The contract also has an option for a third vessel.

Wartsila secured the order in October.

The cargo handling system will consist of a multi-cargo reliquefaction system and an ethane fuel supply system.

For efficient operational optimisation, the complete system will be linked to Wartsila’s inhouse-developed remote monitoring system, Operim.

HHI chief technology officer Jae-Eul Kim said: “Wartsila is a leading provider of cargo handling systems and we are very confident with their designs and performance, so selecting Wartsila will ensure timely delivery with the highest quality standards for these unique vessels.”

Wartsila director of sales and marketing Kjell Ove Ulstein said: “This order again emphasises Wartsila’s position as a market leader for the supply of gas carrier cargo systems in general and VLEC cargo systems in particular. These are advanced and very specialised vessels, requiring advanced and specialised cargo handling systems, and we very pleased to once again be selected as a trusted partner to HHI.”

Wartsila secured the latest order after a similar order was placed last year by HHI for the system design for three VLECs.

The company earlier supplied HHI with several liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), liquefied ethylene gas (LEG), and liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo handling solutions.

Last week, British ferry operator P&O Ferries (P&OF) awarded a contract to technology group Wartsila to power its new series of ‘super ferries’.

Wartsila Gas Solutions is a provider of systems and lifecycle solutions for the gas value chain.