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Thursday, January 31, 2019 

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has won an order for two LNG tankers, worth 419 billion won. The deal, for a pair of 180,000m3 LNG carriers, comes from European owner Celsius Tankers.

The vessels will be fitted with SHI's in-house developed eco-friendly and Smart ship technologies: Saver Air and Intelliman Ship. This will help to respond to the upcoming environmental regulations and significantly increase energy saving, thereby further increasing the operational efficiency of vessels.

Saver Air, one of SHI's flagship eco-friendly technologies, reduces the friction between hull and seawater by blowing air onto the bottom of a ship hull to improve fuel efficiency. The technology is expected to save 5% on fuel irrespective of the external environment such as waves and current. This adds up to a year's fuel cost if the ship runs 20 years.

In addition, SHI's own smart ship solution, Intelliman (INTELLIgent & Lifecycle-MANged) Ship, applied to the carriers can effectively respond to the emission regulations such as EU-MRV and IMO-DCS. Through this smart ship solution, operators can measure and monitor fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for ships in operation on a real-time basis. As accurate operation reports can be automatically created based on the accumulated data, the reliability of the data is very high.

"In order to achieve our 2019 new order target, all the divisions, including Engineering, R&D, Marketing, Production, etc. do everything possible to develop technology, reduce costs, and enhance customer satisfaction" said an official from SHI. "We will make sure to improve both the quality and quantity of new orders by clinching deals for high-value added vessels with higher profitability such as LNG carrier".

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