An anonymous ship owner has put in an order for the tank design of four Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLECs) from GTT.

GTT said Korean shipyards Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries will each build two VLECs.

GTT will design the tanks, which will be fitted with the Mark III membrane containment system. Each vessel will offer a capacity of 98,000 m3. The delivery of the vessels is scheduled for 2Q22.

Philippe Berterottière, chairman and CEO of GTT, said: “One year after the orders for six second generation VLECs by Zhejiang Satellite Petrochemical from HHI and SHI, we are pleased to continue this partnership of excellence with these two shipyards. These new orders confirm that GTT’s technologies are the reference solutions for very large ethane carriers.”

Designed to be multi-gas units, the cargo tanks will benefit from the “LNG cargo ready” notation, which means they’re equipped to carry LNG in the future.

These VLECs will be second-generation ships, optimising fuel consumption, reducing boil-off rate and increasing cargo capacity.

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7th October 2020