China Shipyard Launches Three LNG Vessels
China State Shipbuilding Company (CSSC) recently launched three self-developed liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels. The yard built three LNG vessels, with a capacity of 160 000 cubic meters, 175 000 cubic meters and 220 000 cubic meters respectively, to meet the increasing shipping demand as the world economy embarks on its track to recovery, the company said.
The LNG vessel, often dubbed as the "maritime super freezer" is regarded as a high-tech product with high added value since natural gas can only be transformed into liquefied form after the temperature drops below -163°C.
CSSC began designing and manufacturing LNG vessels in 1997 and delivered China's first LNG ship in 2005. The company reports a total of five LNG vessels delivered as of December 2009.