STX to build four LPG carriers

28 March 2012 (Last Updated March 28th, 2012 18:30)

South Korea's STX Offshore & Shipbuilding has won a $100m order from Greece's Vafias group to build four liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers.

South Korea’s STX Offshore & Shipbuilding has won a $100m order from Greece’s Vafias group to build four liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers.

The order is for two 5,000 cu m carriers and two 6,500 cu m carriers, which the company claims will be the first pressurised LPG carriers built by STX.

The order also has options for up to four similar vessels for the same price.

Deliveries are scheduled for 2013-14, and the company has six months to decide on options.

Earlier this month, STX Offshore had won a $100m order from Belgian Scaldis Salvage & Marine Contractors to build a self-propelled heavy-lift crane vessel, which will be equipped with a pair of 2000t Huisman cranes.

The vessel which will be built first at STX’s Dalian’s shipyard and completed at Xiamen shipyard in China, will be capable of sailing at a speed of 7 knots and have a length of 108m, beam of 50.9m, depth of 8m and draught of 4.90m.

Four Azimuth thrusters and DP2 system (Dynamic Positioning System 2) fitted on the vessel will allow it to perform installation work in deeper water without the use of anchors.