Daewoo Shipbuilding Completes World’s First Icebreaking LNG Carrier

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering says the world's first icebreaking liquid natural gas(LNG) carrier is set to sail after 30 months of construction.

The firm held a ceremony on Monday to mark the completion of the carrier at its Okpo shipyard in Geoje, South Gyeongsang Province.

The vessel is the first of 15 icebreaking LNG carriers that Daewoo is building for Russia's state-run shipper Sovcomflot under the so-called Yamal LNG project. Daewoo won the five-trillion won contract in March 2014.

The 299-meter-long and 50-meter-wide vessel can carry 172-thousand-600 cubic meters of LNG, and break through ice up to two-point-one meters thick.

It is scheduled to leave the Okpo shipyard on Tuesday and head to the Arctic Sea for a test voyage until the end of January, after which it will be delivered to Russia.

Source: KBS World Radio