A consortium of Asian shipping heavyweights has been awarded five more long-term time charter contracts for the LNG carriers that QatarEnergy has lined up under its huge shipbuilding project.

Partners MISC Berhad, NYK, K Line and China LNG Shipping will take up five of the newbuilding slots that QatarEnergy has lined up at China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding.

The five vessels bring the number of contracts the consortium has received from QatarEnergy to 12.