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MES lifts efficiency of LNG carrier construction

MES lifts efficiency of LNG carrier construction

Tokyo: Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co (MES) reports that it has installed its first spherical LNG tank as an integrated unit using a new 1,000ton crane at its Chiba works. The spherical Liquefied Natural Gas tank, built for a 145,000 cubic metre Moss type LNG carrier, weighed about 700 tonnes.

The new crane will allow safer and more efficient construction of LNG carriers, says MES. Previously the lower and upper hemispheres of such tanks, together with a central equator section, had to be hoisted separately and fastened in situ, taking an extra 1.5 months per tank. China Works' building capacity has thus been increased 20% by use of the new crane, it adds.  [14/06/07]

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