French storage designer GTT receives first order for LNG carrier tanks from Jiangnan Shipyard

Tuesday, 07 September 2021
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French liquefied natural gas storage technology firm Gaztranzport and Technigaz (GTT) has expanded business in China by receiving a first storage system order for an LNG carrier from Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai.

The order is for the cargo-handling storage system for an LNG carrier being built for Chinese energy company, the Jovo Group.

Membrane system

“This is GTT’s first order for a membrane LNG carrier from Jiangnan, making the shipyard the second Chinese yard to construct a vessel with GTT technology,” said the Paris-based company.

GTT’s orders for storage systems for LNG carriers are normally from Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, also based in Shanghai.

The order is also for a mid-sized LNG carrier to be added to the global fleet.

GTT said it would design the tanks of the vessel with a cargo capacity 79,800 cubic metres.

The mid-sized carrier would be fitted with the GTT’s Mark III Flex membrane containment system and would be the first LNG carrier built in China with the Mark III technology family.

The vessel is scheduled to be delivered to the Jovo Group in the fourth quarter of 2023.

“We are pleased to count Jiangnan among our LNGC new-building partners and to participate in the development of Jovo’s marine fleet,” said Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and Chief executive of GTT.

“This mid-scale LNG carrier will be the first vessel built by a Chinese shipyard using our Mark III membrane technology. This agreement with Jiangnan is a significant milestone for the industry and for membrane LNGCs in China,” added Berterottière.

Hu Keyi, Chief of Corporate Technology of the Jiangnan Shipyard said the yard was proud to enter into the medium-size LNG carrier market with this project.

“Thanks to our rich experience on hull-form design of Very Large Gas Carriers, and the great support from GTT especially in pre-contract stage, Jiangnan has successfully combined optimized hull form with GTT’s Mark III Flex cargo containment system,” stated Hu.

“We are confident we will provide a state of the art and highly flexible LNG carrier to operate between coastal terminals and pan-Pacific energy sources,” he added.

“Furthermore, it is really a significant step for Jiangnan shipyard toward the construction of a large LNG carrier,” Hu declared.

A statement from the Jovo Group said the order for the customized “China Max” LNG carrier was a key part of its sourcing strategy and paves the way for future developments.

“We are fully confident that GTT will assist Jiangnan shipyard for its first mid-scale LNG carrier, using the cargo-handling system designed by GTT and featuring GTT’s Mark III Flex technology, as well as supporting us for the LNG operations,” added Jovo.

GTT has previously had orders from Jiangnan Shipyard for LNG-powered vessels rather than LNG carriers.

In June 2021 GTT confirmed an order for the design of fuel tanks for 12 new liquefied natural gas-powered container vessels ordered from China by the global CMA CGM shipping group based in the French port of Marseille.

The LNG fuel tanks will be the GTT Mark III system and will be able to load 14,000 cubic metres of LNG.

The 12 vessels will be delivered between the last quarter of 2023 and the third quarter of 2024.

The construction contracts for the CMA CGM newbuilds were given to traditional partner Hudong-Zhonghua as well as Jiangnan Shipyard.

Each of the Chinese yards will build six vessels able to carry between 13,000 and 15,000 twenty-foot equivalent units of containers.

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