Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said it has received an order from Astomos Energy Corporation for a very large LPG carrier.
The LPG carrier on order is the fourth sister ship identical to vessel first ordered to MHI by Astomos Energy in 2013, with specifications suited for the passage through the newly expanding Panama Canal. Completion and delivery of the ship is scheduled for the first half of 2017.
The newly ordered LPG carrier will measure 230.0 meters in length overall, 36.6m in width and 11.1m in draft, with gross tonnage of 48,300 tons and deadweight tonnage of 51,100t. It will have capacity to carry up to 83,000 cubic meters of LPG. Construction, as with the three previously ordered vessels, will be carried out at MHI’s Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works.
Astomos Energy presently operates a fleet of 21 large-scale LPG carriers. All six vessels owned by the company and 10 of the company’s 15 time-chartered vessels were built by MHI at the Nagasaki Shipyard. Astomos Energy targets to expand its LPG transport structure and increase gross LPG handling volume from the current 10 million tons per year to more than 12 mtpy by 2017.
The new carrier, when completed, will replace a vessel owned by Astomos Energy, which was built in the first half of the 1990s.