DongHwa Entec, K Shipbuilding to work on LNG-fueled bulk carriers

South Korean marine equipment company DongHwa Entec has teamed up with shipbuilder K Shipbuilding for LNG-fueled containership development.

DongHwa Entec, K Shipbuilding to work on LNG-fueled bulk carriers
Courtesy of DongHwa Entec

The parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 8,000 Teu class LNG-fueled container ship development on 20 January 2022. The goal is to specifically strengthen the competitiveness of medium-sized vessels in eco-friendly shipping.

DongHwa Entec and K Shipbuilding share the vision of mutual cooperation that will lead the future of marine shipbuilding. They want to do it through research and technology collaboration in the marine shipbuilding sector.

Through this deal, K Shipbuilding will push forward with ship-class AIP acquisition for 8,000 Teu class containerships. On the other hand, DongHwa Entec will be responsible for engineering and actual application of LNG fuel gas supply systems.

In conclusion, this partnership is to exemplify a successful win-win model between a medium-sized shipbuilding company and an equipment specialist.

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