Avance Gas orders two more ammonia carriers

Norwegian shipping firm Avance Gas looks set to book another two mid-sized LPG/ammonia carriers at Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering (CIMC SOE).
The ships will have a cargo capacity of 40,000 cubic metres and are scheduled for delivery during the second and fourth quarters of 2026.
The newbuildings will be equipped with dual-fuel engines capable of running on both LPG and compliant fuel oil. As the ships will also be equipped with shaft generators, this will further improve operation and maintenance cost while improving the environmental profile of the ships, Avance Gas said.
In addition to being able to transport traditional LPG cargo, the vessels can also carry ammonia cargo.  
Øystein Kalleklev, CEO of Avance Gas, said: “We are pleased to expand our fleet with another two MGCs. With these ships, we have contracted in total four new MGCs thereby broadening our product offering in Avance Gas while renewing the fleet.
“Given the high expected growth of the ammonia trade, the four new MGCs are very attractive addition to our fleet where we already have two VLGCs on water which are ammonia ready in terms of running it as fuel, while the two VLGCs for delivery next year can both carry and burn ammonia.”