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Monday, October 26, 2020 

Following the recent announcement of an order for Wärtsilä cargo handling stems for two 98,000m3 Very Large Ethane Carrier (VLEC) vessels to be built by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), the company has received a similar order from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

HHI has ordered complete Wärtsilä cargo handling system designs for two new 98,000m3 VLECs currently under construction at its yard, with an option for a third vessel. As with the SHI contract, the cargo handling system will comprise a multi-cargo reliquefaction system and a ethane fuel supply system, all of which is to be connected to Wärtsilä’s inhouse-developed remote monitoring and optimisation system, Operim.

Jae-Eul Kim, HHI CTO, said: “Wärtsilä is a leading provider of cargo handling systems and we are very confident with their designs and performance, so selecting Wärtsilä will ensure timely delivery with the highest quality standards for these unique vessels.”

“This order again emphasises Wärtsilä’s position as a market leader for the supply of gas carrier cargo systems in general, and VLEC cargo systems in particular. These are advanced and very specialised vessels requiring advanced and specialised cargo handling systems, and we very pleased to once again be selected as a trusted partner to HHI,” said Kjell Ove Ulstein, Director of Sales and Marketing, Wärtsilä.

A similar order was placed in 2019 by HHI for the system design for three VLECs. Wärtsilä has previously supplied HHI with numerous LPG, LEG and LNG cargo handling solutions.

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