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South Korea's HHI builds world's first LNG-powered container ship

SOUTH Korea's global shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group announced that it has built a very large container ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the first time in the world

25 August 2020 - 19:00

SOUTH Korea's global shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group announced that it has built a very large container ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the first time in the world.

The group said Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co, one of its shipbuilding units, will deliver the vessel with a capacity of 14,800 TEU to Singapore's Eastern Pacific Shipping on September 15.



Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries recently completed a trial run of the ship that is 366 metres long and 51 metres wide, the group added.



In April 2018, Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries clinched a deal to build six LNG-powered container ships from the Singaporean shipping company, reports South Korean news agency, Yonhap.



LNG-powered ships are considered an eco-friendly option to meet strengthened environmental regulations, but high costs have posed challenges to private shippers.



So far, Hyundai Heavy Industries Group has won contracts to construct 44 LNG-powered bulk carries, tankers and container vessels. In July 2018, the group delivered a very large LNG-powered oil tanker with a displacement of 114,000 tonnes, becoming the first shipyard in the world to do so.


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