Purus Marine orders two ethane carriers

Purus Marine has made an order for two very large ethane carriers (VLECs) from HD Hyundai Heavy Industries based in South Korea.

 The 98,000 cu metre-ships will be delivered in 2026 and 2027 to the UK-based firm and will feature dual-fuel ethane engines.

The vessels will also be fitted with optimised cargo handling systems, lower CO2 and SOx emissions and additional energy-saving devices to further contribute to emission reductions.

Both vessels will be delivered directly into long-term time charters, said Julian Proctor, of Purus.

The company has been involved in over 60 deals in various shipping segments, including ammonia, LNG, offshore wind, carbon capture and scrubber-fitted containerships and electric ferries.

The company has previously ordered four 45,000 cu metre dual-fuel ammonia-ready medium-sized gas carriers at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, expected to primarily carry ammonia.