Japan’s NYK Line is in the process of taking over the contracts for four ice-class LNG carrier newbuildings contracted jointly with Russia’s Sovcomflot (SCF Group) at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea.

Brokers said NYK agreed several weeks ago to take on the contracts for four firm 174,000-cbm, ice-class 1A or Arc4 LNG carriers, which were ordered jointly by the two companies at the end of September 2021.