GTT scores tank design order for VLEC pair

French liquefied natural gas (LNG) containment specialist GTT, has been contracted to design tanks for two very large ethane carriers (VLECs).

GTT scores tank design order for VLEC pair
Courtesy of GTT/Roland Mouron

The order has been placed by the South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard, on behalf of an Asian shipowner.

GTT said in its statement it will design tanks for the VLECs with a cargo capacity of 98,000 cubic meters.

The tanks will be fitted with the GTT Mark III membrane containment system.

The vessels will be delivered in the last quarter of 2022 and the first quarter of 2023.

These latest generation vessels are versatile as they are designed for multi-gas use: ethane, LPG, Ethylene, while still being able to carry LNG, the company said.

These VLECs also optimise fuel consumption, reduce the boil-off rate and increase the cargo capacity, the statement reads.