Hamworthy signs first contract for an LPG cargo handling system in China

Hamworthy, Press release 2 July 2009 at 15:00 UTC+2

Hamworthy is supplying equipment and engineering services for a 5,000m3 fully pressurised LPG carrier being built in China for a regular customer, Pertamina.

On 3 June Hamworthy signed a contract with Taizhou Wuzhou Shipbuilding Co Ltd for an LPG cargo handling system, its first in China. Its scope includes equipment and engineering services for a fully pressurised (FP) LPG carrier.

The shipyard has built gas carriers for domestic customers and for export, and this latest ship is on order for the Indonesian state-owned oil and gas company, Pertamina. This is the first LPG carrier newbuilding contracted by the owner, which has experience of operating gas carriers.

Hamworthy’s scope for the 5,000m3 FP LPG carrier newbuilding encompasses engineering the cargo handling system and the cargo tanks which will be carried out by Hamworthy Gas Systems with assistance from Hamworthy Baltic Design Centre. All main equipment related to the cargo handling systems will be included: cargo tank materials, cargo pumps, cargo compressors, inert gas generator, cargo heater, control system, measurement system and instrumentation.

Engineering and equipment delivery will start at the end of 2009 and continue until the beginning of 2010. Delivery of the ship is scheduled for the beginning of 2011.

“We are very satisfied by this successful breakthrough into the Chinese market for LPG cargo handling systems, and we believe that this is a good start to cooperation with Chinese shipyard to build more advanced gas carriers,” said Stein Thoresen, director of Hamworthy Gas Systems’ LPG business unit.