PGNiG announced on Thursday – a vessel named Grazyna Gesicka has been launched at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan. This is the second of the LNG carriers being built at the South Korean shipyard on order from Norwegian shipowner Knutsen OAS Shipping AS under charter to PGNiG.
PGNiG points out that with this, “another phase of gas carrier construction” for the company’s needs has been completed.
“Our own fleet of gas carriers is an important element of the energy security and independence system,” – emphasises Iwona Waksmundzka-Olejniczak, CEO of PGNiG.
The gas carriers Grazyna Gęsicka (in fact, the ship will be named Grazyna Gesicka; IMO No. 9922988; shipyard construction No. 3244; GT 114,000; deadweight 92,323 t; cargo capacity 170,520 m³ / according to other sources – 174,000 m³) and Lech Kaczyński, launched a few weeks ago (in fact, the name Lech Kaczynski will appear on the side, ship registers and ship registry, classification and all other documents) will enter service – according to PGNiG – in 2023.
The first new gas carrier chartered by PGNiG – Lech Kaczynski – has been launched
The Lech Kaczynski vessel will probably be handed over by the shipyard as early as December this year, while the LNG carrier Grazyna Gesicka will be delivered in June 2023.
The keel for the Grazyna Gesicka ship was laid on 8 June and production of the ship formally began (the first cutting of the plates took place) on 21 December 2021.
In total, the fleet of vessels ordered by the Norwegian shipowner (six vessels) and the Greek shipowner Maran Gas (two) specifically for PGNiG’s (10-year) charters will comprise eight vessels and will primarily serve to service long-term contracts for the purchase of LNG from the US.