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Thursday, May 17, 2018 

Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) has launched its first LNG-fuelled Aframax tanker. Gagarin, the first of six 250m long, 44m wide tankers for Russia’s Sovcomflot fleet, is due to be delivered in July.

Built according to Russian Classification Society rules and complying with the IGF CODE (International Code of Safety for Ship Using Gases or Other Low-flashpoint Fuels), the vessel marks a change in direction for the Korean yard.

Hitherto, HSHI has installed LNG propulsion systems only to small and medium sized vessels, mainly coastal vessels, but this is the first time that it has applied the technology to larger vessels of Aframax class or above.

HSHI will deliver the remaining five vessels sequentially until the first half of next year, starting with the first ship in July.

HSHI said: "As the environmental regulations of the IMO are being strengthened and the emission control area is steadily expanding, there is no doubt that the advanced competitiveness of eco-friendly vessels will bring more future workloads to the yard.”

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