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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co, a company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has held a christening ceremony for a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier currently under construction for JX Ocean Co.

The new ship, named Future Ace, will be the twelfth of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding's latest third-generation, 83,000m3-class LPG carriers. In addition to increased energy-efficiency, the ship will have the capability to adapt flexibly to major LPG terminals worldwide, as well as specifications compatible with the new expanded Panama Canal. Completion and delivery is scheduled for the end of March, 2019.

The Future Ace has a length of 230m, width of 36.6m, and depth of 21.65m, with a draught of 11.55m. Gross tonnage is 48,167 tons, with a total tank holding capacity of 83,000m3. Launching took place on December 27th, 2018. Construction was managed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Structure, an MHI Group company based in Nagasaki. The name ‘Future’ refers to the ‘X’ (meaning ‘future’) of the JXTG Group, of which JX Ocean is a part. ‘Ace’ was chosen because A (the first letter of the English alphabet) represents the first of the newly constructed LPG carriers that will be part of the planned Future series. This is the 29th vessel built under contract at Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works for JX Ocean and its predecessor company.

The Future Ace is equipped with a proprietary hull form (developed with the design and manufacturing expertise of MHI Group) that aids in providing fuel-efficiency and compatibility with the various LPG terminals around the world. Specifically, the vessel utilises the hull form (optimised with the latest development technologies) and a screw propeller, (combined with the Mitsubishi Reaction Fin) to improve overall propulsion efficiency. The ship is also equipped with the Mitsubishi SOx Scrubber System. This is the first time Mitsubishi Shipbuilding has used this system for a ship built in-house.

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