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Shipbuilding : HSHI delivers the world’s largest LPG carrier ‘Bellavista Explorer

The vessel is loaded with an LPG fuel tank that will support operations of nearly 31,700km.

HSHI delivers the world’s largest LPG carrier ‘Bellavista Explorer’Bellavista Explorer was ordered by China-based Bank of Communications Finance Leasing. Credit: HSHI.
Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), a subsidiary of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), has completed the delivery of a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier, named Bellavista Explorer, which features a dual-fuel propulsion system.
Ordered by China-based Bank of Communications Finance Leasing, the vessel is said to be the world’s largest carrier of its type.
With a length of 229.98m, a width of 36.6m, and a height of 23.6m, the carrier is loaded with an LPG fuel tank which will support operations of nearly 31,700km when full.

The cargo tank has a capacity of 90,000m³.

The Bellavista Explorer’s dual-fuel propulsion system has the ability to utilize LPG or diesel fuel on a selective basis.
HSHI claims that this eco-friendly vessel can minimize sulphur oxides (SOx) and fine dust by 90%, nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 50%, and greenhouse gas emissions by 20%.
With the increase in its production, LPG is emerging as a ‘next-generation ship fuel, noted the company.
Last week, Belgium-based tanker firm Euronav, in collaboration with HHI and classification societies Lloyd’s Register and DNV, launched a joint development program (JDP) for dual-fuel ammonia-powered tankers.

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