Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has been awarded a contract from Astomos Energy Corporation to deliver a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier.
Measuring 230m long, 36.6m wide and 11.1m in draft, the new vessel will have 48,300gt, 51,100dwt and the capacity to carry around 83,000m³ of LPG.
The effective hull design of the vessel offers better energy saving performance and flexibility to adapt major LPG terminals and the advanced mooring arrangement enables an easy voyage through the newly expanding Panama Canal.
MHI’s Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works will construct the new vessel, along with the previous two other vessels Astomos ordered from MHI last year.
After the scheduled delivery in the second half of 2016, the new vessel will replace Astomos Energy’s old vessel.
With this order, Astomos expands its LPG transport structure aiming an increase in gross LPG handling volume from the current ten million tonnes (Mt) a year to more than 12Mt a year in 2015.
Currently, Astomos operates a fleet of 21 large-scale LPG carriers, of which six ships are owned by the company and 15 are time-chartered vessels constructed by MHI.
The newly constructed ships are required to offer increased carrying capacities and be able to transport over longer distances amid the high demand for LPG produced in North America and the enlargement of the Panama Canal, Mitsubishi stated.
Image: An LNG carrier built by MHI. Photo: courtesy of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.