Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), a shipbuilding affiliate of Hyundai Heavy Industries, has successfully launched a 162,000m3 LNG carrier built using the on-ground shipbuilding method for the first time in the world.

The vessel is designed for delivering chilled natural gas and was ordered by Golar of Norway in February, 2012.

Measuring 289.0m in length, 45.6m in width and 26.0m in depth, the ship is scheduled to be delivered to the owner by late July 2014 after outfitting and painting work is complete.

On-ground shipbuilding is a method of production that allows higher productivity and cost-effectiveness, facilitating the efficient utilisation of yard facilities and resources, and improves the safety of working conditions.

HSHI has already built 50 other ships using this method since May 2008, but this is the first LNG carrier Hyundai Samho has built via on-ground production. Of further significance is the company’s plan to build 10 of 12 LNG carriers in its order book using this method.