Hamworthy reliquefaction plant to be installed on Japanese ethylene carriers

Hamworthy, Press release, 26 August 2008 at 15:00 UTC+2

Hamworthy has won orders to supply ethylene reliquefaction systems (LEG-RS) for two liquefied ethylene gas carriers (LEGCs) to be built in Japan for Japanese owners: a 6,500m3 vessel ordered by Daiichi Tanker Co from Shitanoe Shipbuilding Co, and a 4,300m3 vessel ordered by Kobe Marine Co from Higaki Shipbuilding.

The two shipsets of LEG-RS equipment were ordered by Izumi Steel Works Ltd, a major supplier of cargo handling systems in Japan. Izumi has been nominated as the supplier of the complete cargo handling systems including cargo tanks. The LEG-RS equipment is due for delivery during the first six months of 2010.

“Historically we have received orders on larger LPG carriers but over the last two years we have seen more contracting for smaller LEGCs and semi pressurised LPG carriers,” said Stein Thoresen, director of the company’s LPG activities. “These latest two orders represent a valuable addition to Hamworthy Gas Systems’ present portfolio of contracts which now total 20 LPG and LEG ships.”

Hamworthy reliquefaction plants are well proven systems ready to be installed on board. The plants are delivered complete including all main equipment and control devices. Ethylene vapour is reliquefied in cascade with a separate refrigeration system integrated with the direct cargo cycle. Hamworthy uses environment-friendly refrigerant in the refrigeration cycle.