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SHI to build two bunker-saving LNGCs for Celsius Tankers

Celsius LNGCs will be world's first to be fitted with Samsung's air lubrication system, SAVER Air.



Concept design for Samsung's air lubrication system, SAVER Air. Image credit: Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI)


Updated on 20 Aug 2018 09:04 GMT

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) says it has won a newbuilding contract to construct two bunker-saving 180,000-cubic-metre LNG carriers (LNGCs) from Copenhagen-based shipowner Celsius Tankers.

The price for each of the two LNGCs is $187 million, and the contract comes with the option for a further two vessels.

The ships are to be packed with fuel-saving technologies, including an optimized hull design and propulsion - customized for the owners' operational needs.

The Celsius LNGCs will also be the world's first LNGCs to be equipped with Samsung's air lubrication system, SAVER Air.

As with other air lubrication systems, SAVER Air sprays air at the bottom of the ship to form an air layer between the hull surface and sea water to reduce frictional force, and thus save fuel.

SHI previously incorporated SAVER Air into a 23,000-TEU mega containership order for MSC in 2017, which the shipbuilder says achieved "fuel savings rarely available in containerships".

Discussing the future outlook for the LNGC market, SHI said: "According to Clarksons Research, gas carrier and containership newbuilding orders are set to increase with steady global economy and seaborne trade growth. Strong LNG carrier spot rates and increasing usage of LNG as fuel as well as gas demands in power generation point at strong LNG carrier newbuilding market for years to come."

"Including 37 this year[, a] total of 194 LNG carriers are to be ordered within the next five years," SHI added.

SHI's new order total for 2018 currently stands at 31 ships and $3.3 billion, comprising 7 LNG carriers, 8 containerships, 13 tankers, and 3 special purpose ships.






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