Wärtsilä has won an order to install gas handling systems in six new very large ethane carriers (VLECs).
The vessels, being built at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea, will be the biggest ethane carriers ever built and will be used mainly to transport ethane as feed stock to the petrochemical industry.
The VLECs are being built for the Reliance Group and are scheduled for delivery at the end of 2016 and in early 2017.
Wärtsilä will work on a complete cargo handling package for each ship to include the process and arrangement engineering, the deck tank, all cargo handling equipment and a purpose-built reliquefaction plant.
Timo Koponen, Vice President, Flow and Gas Solutions, Wärtsilä Ship Power said: "These state-of-the-art ethane carriers require state-of-the-art gas handling systems. Our technology and know-how in this field uniquely positions us to offer the most appropriate solutions for VLEC’s, which is an application that is rapidly expanding.”