Guangzhou Shipyard International has been engaged to build two LNG-powered LR2 tankers for Hafnia. The tankers will go on long-term charter to Total
Hafnia’s order was made through Hafnia’s Vista joint venture with CSSC Shipping and aligns with Hafnia’s ambition to implement sustainable and modern clean technologies.
The vessels are being built by Guangzhou Shipyard International and will be chartered by Total on long-term time charters with fixed earnings upon delivery in 2023.
Each tanker will be 250-m long with 12 cargo tanks, enabling a carrying capacity of 110,000 dwt/133,500 m3. Each tanker features an LNG fuel capacity of 3,600 m3, giving a range of 13,500 nautical miles when sailing on LNG at 14.5 knots.
Hafnia chief executive Mikael Skov said, “These ships are another example of our strategy to support and promote industry decarbonisation while still transporting the resources necessary to sustain the world. We believe LNG is the bridge fuel the shipping industry needs to transition towards a low-carbon world.”
“Hafnia has already invested in methanol, and engaged in serious research on ammonia – two leading candidates for zero-carbon marine fuels – but now we are investing in the stepping stone that will get us to this future we’ve already started to imagine,” said Mr Skov.
The Hafnia vessels are designed with the most efficient LNG propulsion technologies currently available. The Hafnia LR2 tanker’s greenhouse gas emissions be 5,000 tonnes per year lower than conventional tankers, and approximately 30% lower when compared to standard dual-fuel LNG vessels – making them more than ready for ’phase 3’ Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) requirements.
Other innovations include high-pressure dual-fuel LNG engines which incorporate a flexible design that ensures close to zero methane slip and makes them adaptable to the zero-emissions fuels of the future such as, but not limited to, ammonia or synthetic methanol.
The vessels come with a state-of-the-art fuel gas supply system that has full redundancy on all supply systems to handle boil-off gas from the LNG tanks under any condition. The auxiliary engines for gensets and boilers will be able to run on multiple fuel types.
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