Southwest Maritime in Tianjin places order for LPG and ammonia carriers.

Chinese owner Tianjin Southwest Maritime has contracted two 25,000 cu m gas carriers at Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding. These vessels will have ammonia dual-fuel capability and be delivered in 2026 and 2027. This move marks the company's entry into the ammonia segment, expanding its fleet of LPG carriers.
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Tianjin Southwest Maritime, a Chinese owner, has ordered two 25,000 cu m gas carriers from Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding. These newbuilds will have the capability to transport LPG and ammonia, with ammonia dual-fuel capability. They are expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2026 and the second quarter of 2027, although the price has not been disclosed.

Most of Tianjin Southwest Maritime’s fleet consists of LPG carriers, and this new order represents their first foray into the ammonia segment. The ships will be classed by CCS and will have 3 Type A liquid cargo tanks and 2 deck tanks. This collaboration with the Guangzhou yard is part of a series of newbuilding projects that Tianjin Southwest Maritime has undertaken, including asphalt tankers, LPG carriers, and other multipurpose gas carriers.

The move into ammonia transportation reflects a growing interest in alternative fuels and cleaner energy sources within the maritime industry. By investing in dual-fuel capability and expanding their fleet to include ammonia carriers, Tianjin Southwest Maritime is positioning itself to meet the evolving demands of the shipping market and adhere to stricter environmental regulations.

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