A record number of LNG carrier newbuildings have been ordered in the first six months of 2022 with orders topping the 100-vessel mark and exceeding all annual totals to date.

Clarksons’ Shipping Intelligence Network (SIN) database records that at least 91 vessels were contracted during the period.

According to Fearnley LNG, a further 15 LNG carriers have now been inked for QatarEnergy’s huge newbuilding project, bringing the total ordered during the first half of this year to at least 106 vessels.