Knutsen welcomes LNG carrier for charter with ENGIE
The fleet of Norwegian shipping company Knutsen Group has gotten a new member, an LNG carrier named Gordon Waters Knutsen.
The group shared on its social media that the vessel is designed specifically for the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG), with a capacity of 174,000 cubic meters.
It will be long-term chartered to ENGIE and is equipped with a Mark III Flex system, re-liquefaction unit, air lubrication system and a brand new MEGA engine.
The vessel, built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, marks the first of two vessels ordered by ENGIE.
The naming ceremony for Gordon Waters Knutsen was held in April this year.
In the same month, Knutsen LNG France took delivery of Grażyna Gęsicka, a 174,000 cbm LNG carrier constructed by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries.
Recently, Knutsen teamed up with Lloyd’s Register (LR), HD Korea Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering (HD KSOE) and HD Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for a joint development project (JDP) to study environmental impact across the entire life cycle of an LNG carrier.
Jarle Østenstad, Director of Newbuilding and Innovation, Knutsen, commented at the time: “We have for a long time been interested in finding out lifetime CO2 emissions from a ship. This project will give interesting results to be used for further optimization of the fleet and to do more qualified assessments for deciding whether to extend the lifetime of vessels, do conversions/upgrades or build new vessels in order to minimize emissions.”
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