Chinese shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding has inked approval in principle (AiP) with four classification societies for what looks set to be a new breed of Q-Max LNG carriers.

In mass signing ceremonies at the start of the huge Gastech show in Singapore today, Hudong-Zhonghua wheeled out Bureau Veritas, DNV, Lloyd’s Register and American Bureau of Shipping officials to hand over AiP certificates on its stand.