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Monday, November 2, 2020 

Two new 98,000m3 Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLECs) ordered by Tianjin Southwest Maritime (TSM), for charter to Zhejiang Satellite Petrochemical (STL), are to be built to ABS Class by Jiangnan Shipyard.

The ethane-fuelled VLECs are the final vessels to be ordered for the six-strong Phase-2 order from STL. A total of 12 VLECs, all classed by ABS, have been ordered for the trade from US to China to support STL’s facility in Jiangsu province. The announcement means all 14 VLECs on order worldwide are being built to ABS class.

Designed to be efficient and more environmentally friendly, the vessels feature the Type-B Cargo Containment System 'BrilliancE' developed by Jiangnan. The vessels feature Power Take Off systems that allow main engine energy to be utilised by the shaft generator to produce electricity so that SOx emission can be eliminated in Ethane as fuel mode.

“ABS is proud to play a key role supporting production of these advanced vessels with Jiangnan’s own BrilliancE cargo tank design. We are able to do this both through our deep sector knowledge as the world leader in the classification of gas carriers, with the vast majority of the global VLEC fleet, and our long-standing relationships with owners, operators, shipyards and regulators such as the United States Coast Guard,” said Patrick Janssens, ABS VP Global Gas Solutions.

“We combined a lot of experience and knowhow from both VLGC hull and nickel steel handling. During development of the BrilliancE cargo containment system, ABS has provided great support and excellent classification service to Jiangnan to perform a perfect procedure in order to verify all safety features of BrilliancE technology,” said Hu Keyi, Chief of Corporate Technology, Jiangnan Shipyard Group.

ABS claims extensive experience with the full scope of gas-related assets and says it has been the classification society of choice for some of the most advanced gas carriers in service.

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