US energy major ExxonMobil has confirmed charter deals with shipowners on another seven LNG carrier newbuildings, bringing its total order tally at South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries to 13 vessels.

On Friday, Malaysian shipowner MISC said it had secured 10-year time-charter contracts with ExxonMobil’s shipping arm, SeaRiver Maritime, for two 174,000-cbm, X-DF LNG carrier newbuildings.

The vessels will be fitted with X-DF 2.1