Press Release


Press Release

February 01, 2018

LNG Carrier CESI Wenzhou Delivered for SINOPEC LNG Transport Project
- 5th in Series of 6 New LNG Carriers -

CESI Wenzhou

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that the LNG carrier CESI Wenzhou, which was ordered by the joint venture of China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (CCSC) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC), was delivered at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (Hudong) on January 31.

The CESI Wenzhou is the fifth vessel to serve the LNG transport project for SINOPEC announced in April 2013 (*1), and will sail under a long-term charter contract to transport LNG that SINOPEC will purchase from the Australia Pacific LNG Project.

A total of six LNG carriers have been built at Hudong for the transport project and this follows the ExxonMobil LNG project, announced in March 2010 (*2), for which four newbuilding LNG carriers were delivered from Hudong by April, 2016. Cooperating with CCSC, MOL has assigned engineers to Hudong since 2013 to ensure the safe construction of high-quality LNG carriers, and organized a multi-national shipbuilding supervision team, mainly Japanese and Chinese, with nearly 50 members at its peak. Starting with the delivery of the first vessel in October 2016, the project has proceeded smoothly so far (*3). The shipbuilding supervision team and business division are united in ensuring the success of this project, while drawing upon the trusting relationship it has developed with its Chinese partners.

In recent years, in step with China's robust economic growth, demand for LNG, a clean source of energy, has expanded along with increasing awareness of environmental issues. The project has deep roots in China from many aspects, such as construction of LNG carriers at Hudong, LNG transport for SINOPEC, the nation's major energy projects, and the joint venture involving SINOPEC and CCSC, China's largest shipping company, as well as MOL. It is expected to contribute to increasing demand for LNG and help address environmental issues in China.

MOL continuously takes a proactive stance in taking on new projects that build on its experience in international cooperation accumulated in projects like this, and works to provide value-added transport services to customers all over the world.

(*1) For details, please refer to the press release on April 30, 2013:
"MOL's Participation in China FOB Transportation Project"

(*2) For details, please refer to the press release on March 3, 2010:
"MOL Signs a Contract for Long-term Charters of LNG vessels by ExxonMobil"

(*3) For details, please refer to the press release on November 1, 2016:
"LNG Carrier CESI Gladstone Delivered for SINOPEC LNG Project",
the press release on January 10, 2017:
"LNG Carrier CESI Qingdao Delivered for SINOPEC LNG Project",
the press release on June 2, 2017:
"LNG Carrier CESI Beihai Delivered for SINOPEC LNG Project",
and the press release on September 27, 2017:
"LNG Carrier CESI Tianjin Delivered for SINOPEC LNG Project".

[ Outline of CESI Wenzhou ]

Length : 290.0m
Breadth : 45.60m
Draft : 11.70m
LNG Tank : Membrane type
Cargo Tank Capacity : 174,100m3
Main Engine : Dual Fuel Diesel Electric
Speed : 19.5 knots
Shipyard : Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd
Ship Management Company : China Energy Ship Management Co., Limited
MOL 20%,
China Energy Shipping Investment Co., Limited (*4) (CESI) 80%
Ownership : MOL 20%, CESI 80%

(*4) JV of China COSCO Shipping 51% / SINOPEC 49%

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