Mitsuibishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has receievd an order for two 177,00 cu m next-generation LNG carriers from Mitsui.
The vessels will be built at MHI's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works, and are due for delivery in 2018 and 2019 respectively. They will be put into service for the Cameron LNG Project under way in the United States, an initiative in which Mitsui is participating. The order is the first to be placed with MHI for LNG carriers to transport shale gas. The order for the two LNG carriers was received through MI LNG Company, a joint venture between MHI and Imabari Shipbuilding Co.
Specifications will be LOA (length overall) of 297.5m, width of 48.94m, depth of 27.0m and draft of 11.5m. The carriers will have four apple-shaped tanks, an improved version of high-reliability Moss-type2tanks designed with a bulging upper half. LNG carrying efficiency has been increased as the vessel width has been kept to a size enabling its passage through the newly expanding Panama Canal expected to go into service early in 2016.