Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group has become the world’s first shipyard to construct an LNG-fuelled very large container ship (VLCS), claiming the lead in building eco-friendly vessels.
Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), its shipbuilding subsidiary, has recently completed sea trials of the 14,800teu containership CMA CGM Tenere for Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) in the presence of some 130 people, including those from the shipowner and the classification society.
The vessel, measuring 366m in length, 51m in width and 29.9m depth, marks the world’s first VLCS operating on LNG. It marks the first in a series of six LNG-fuelled ships of the same size and type that HSHI has been constructing over the past years after signing an agreement with EPS in April 2018, with the last delivery scheduled for the third quarter of 2022. The six ships have been chartered by French operator CMA CGM which is also operating five other vessels of similar dimensions built by Hyundai Samho and operating on oil fuels.
The earlier vessels have a slightly higher intake of 15,128teu with the difference being due to the LNG fuel tanks of the new ship. CMA CGM Tenere is equipped with a 12,000-class Type B prismatic LNG fuel tank, giving the vessel enough fuel capacity for an Asia-Europe round trip on a single filling. The tank is composed of 9% nickel steel which has superior strength and impact toughness even at a cryogenic temperature.
In a similar way that electric vehicles nowadays stand in the spotlight in the auto industry, eco-friendly vessels like LNG-fueled ships do in the shipbuilding industry,” said an official of HHI Group. “We are poised to consolidate our position as the trailblazer in this segment, winning the trust of more and more customers backed by our technical prowess and highest quality standards.”
The vessel is powered by a MAN B&W 11-cylinder dual-fuel G90ME-GI gas-injected engine giving the ship a speed of 22kt.