Korea Line is building an 18,000-m3 LNG bunkering vessel at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea, which will be equipped with a cargo handling system supplied by Wärtsilä
When delivered in early 2022, the LNG bunkering vessel will be the largest in South Korea and go on long-term charter to Shell.
Under the contract, Wärtsilä will provide engineering, design, procurement and commissioning of the overall cargo handling system, including the cargo tank design. The equipment delivery is scheduled to start at the end of 2020 and the ship is expected to be delivered in early 2022. The contract includes an option for a second vessel.
“This latest order cements our position as the leading supplier of small-scale LNG cargo handling systems for the marine industry,” said Wärtsilä Marine director sales and marketing, gas solutions Kjell Ove Ulstein.
“This is a complex and state-of-the-art LNG bunkering vessel, and an experienced cargo handling system integrator was required, which is why Wärtsilä was selected,” said Hyundai Mipo Dockyard vice president, project planning division C I Kim.
Korea Line owns South Korea’s first LNG bunkering vessel, SM Jeju LNG2, which has a capacity of 7,500 m3 and is under 20-year charter to LNG importer Kogas. Panama-flagged SM Jeju LNG2, and its sister vessel, small-scale LNG tanker SM Jeju LNG1, were both built by South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) under a shipbuilding contract valued at about US$100M.
Both LNG vessels are fitted with the KC-1 type LNG membrane systems, jointly developed by Kogas, SHI, Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.
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