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Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries delivering mega-LNG ship

Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries testing a container vessel powered by liquefied natural gas. [HYUNDAI HEAVY INDUSTRIES GROUP]

Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries testing a container vessel powered by liquefied natural gas. [HYUNDAI HEAVY INDUSTRIES GROUP]

 
Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries is delivering a large liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered container vessel next month.  

 
The shipbuilder, 80.54 percent owned by Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering, announced on Monday it will be delivering the 14,800 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) LNG container vessel to Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS), a Singapore-based ship management company, on Sept. 15.  
 
Hyundai Samho said on Monday it recently tested the vessel, carrying 130 people.  
 
“At 366 meters (1,200 feet) in length, 51 meters in width and 29.9 meters in depth, it is the world’s first mega container vessel powered by LNG,” the company said in a statement.
 
Featuring a 12,000-square-meter mega LNG fuel tank, the container vessel is able to make a round trip between Asia and Europe with only one fueling. The LNG fuel tank is partly made with nickel steel, allowing it to survive in extremely low temperatures, down to negative 163 Celsius (negative 261 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the company.  
 
Samho Heavy inked a deal to build six ships for EPS in April 2018. All of them will be delivered by March 2022.  
 
“Just like electric cars are receiving the spotlight in the automobile industry, eco-friendly vessels like LNG-powered ships are getting just as much attention in the shipbuilding industry,” said a spokesperson for Hyundai Samho in a statement. The company hopes to “secure consumer trust based on the accumulated technologies and quality, and continuously lead the field of the LNG-powered vessels.”
 
Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, which controls Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, has inked deals to supply 44 LNG-powered ships, including those being sold to EPS. In July 2018, the group delivered an LNG-powered oil tanker with a displacement of 114,000 tons. It has so far secured the largest number of LNG-powered ship orders, according to the company.  
 
BY JIN MIN-JI   [jin.minji@joongang.co.kr]
 

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