Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding has started the New Year with an order for an LNG newbuilding.

The Shanghai shipyard has secured a contract with CSSC Leasing (Hong Kong) to build one 174,000-cbm LNG carrier that will be fitted with GTT's NO96 cargo containment system.

A Hudong-Zhonghua official confirmed the order to TradeWinds but did not disclose the cost of the vessel, saying only that it is scheduled for delivery in early 2024.

Shipbuilding sources following the LNG sector said the newbuilding is the fourth at the shipyard for the China State Shipbuilding Corp-controlled leasing house.