Nov 7, 2023 | Ship's deck & cargo news

Wärtsilä is to supply gas handling systems for five new very large LPG carrier vessels to be built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) yard in South Korea.

The ships have been contracted by Norwegian ship owner Solvang in a joint venture with Gunvor Group of Geneva. The VLGCs are of Panamax size and form the next generation of eco-vessels.

Patrick Ha, Sales Manager, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions said: “Being a trusted partner to our customers is something we have worked hard to achieve. It comes through delivering efficient and reliable solutions, and by providing lifecycle support. We are, therefore, very pleased to secure this order and continue our good relationship with both HHI and Solvang.”

The vessels will have a cargo carrying capacity of 88,000m3. The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard commencing in early 2025, and the first ship is expected to commence operations towards the end of 2026.

Wärtsilä Gas Solutions’ main focus areas are the handling of gas in seaborne transport (storage, fuel, transfer and BOG management), gas to power, liquefaction and biogas solutions, helping customers on their journey towards a sustainable future through a focus on lifecycle performance, innovation and digitalisation.

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