Greece’s Maran Gas Maritime has ordered a new LNG carrier at South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), making this its fifth LNG carrier newbuild order at the shipyard.

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) named a pair of LNG carrier newbuildings for Tokyo Gas at Japan Marine United’s Tsu Shipyard on Wednesday.

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has announced on Sunday an order win for a 174,000-cu m LNG carrier, bringing its recent newbuilding orders to a total value of KRW700bn ($630m).

DNV GL and Keppel Marine and Deepwater Technology (KMDTech), a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, have signed a framework agreement to boost the uptake of LNG as ship fuel.

Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding is to co-operate with two of the world’s leading classification societies DNV GL and Bureau Veritas (BV) to jointly develop LNG market.

Greek shipowner TMS Cardiff has inked a 10-year time charter contract with Vitol for one of its X Carrier series of vessels.

LNG carrier newbuilding prices are expected to rise on the back of the merger of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), according to GasLog ceo Paul Wogan.

GasLog has approached Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for the construction of two more LNG carriers, after it exercised its option for two new charter agreements with Cheniere Energy.

Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has approached South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to build two new LNG carrier on the back of a long term charter deal with France’s Total subsidiary.

South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) has won an order to build a 30,000 cu m LNG carrier for Norwegian shipowner Knutsen at a price of $77m.

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