MHI receives order for next-gen LNG carrier


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has received an order for an LNG carrier for Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) through MI LNG, a joint venture established with Imabari Shipbuilding in April 2013.

The order – the first received via MI LNG – is the eighth to date for the 'Sayaendo' vessel type, a next-generation LNG carrier developed by MHI to offer significant fuel efficiency.

The 75,000DWT vessel measures 288 metres in length overall, with a width of 48.9 metres and a draught of 11.5 metres. The total cargo tank volume is 155,300m3 and the ship has a service speed of 19.5 knots.

Construction of the vessel will be carried out at MHI's Nagasaki shipyard, whilst completion and delivery of the ship are scheduled for 2017.

According to MHI, the Sayaendo features four Moss spherical tanks protected by a peapod-shaped continuous cover integrated with the ship's hull. The adoption of a continuous tank cover eliminates the need for overhead supporting structures for piping, wiring and catwalks, and also greatly improves ease of maintenance.

Additionally, enhanced fuel efficiency contributes to lower CO2 emissions, and the adoption of a ballast water treatment system lessens impact on marine ecosystems, concluded MHI.

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