Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line) said on 14 May that it will build two LNG carriers after clinching another timecharter contract from compatriot trading company Mitsubishi Corporation.
The ships will transport LNG from the Cameron LNG project in the United States.
The 165,000 m³ ships will be built by MI LNG, a joint venture between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Imabari Shipbuilding. The vessels will be based on the Sayaringo STaGE design.
MHI said in a separate statement that the ships will have an overall length of 293.5 m, width of 48.94 m, depth of 27.0 m, and draft of 11.05 m. The carriers, to be built in 2018, will respectively have four apple-shaped tanks, an improved version of the Moss-type design.
Cameron LNG project, from which 12 million tonnes of LNG can be exported every year, is slated to begin production in 2018.