Purus lines up very large ethane carrier orders in South Korea

London-based owner Purus has placed an order for two 98,000 cbm very large ethane carriers (VLEC), at Hyundai Heavy Industries.

The two units will come with dual fuel ethane engines from the South Korea shipyard, with a scheduled delivery in 2026 and 2027.

The newbuildings will feature dual-fuel ethane engines and optimized cargo handling systems, enabling lower CO2 and SOx emissions.

As the shipowner claims, the very large ethane carriers will also feature additional energy-saving devices that will further contribute to emission reductions.

Purus said that both vessels will be delivered directly into long-term time charters.

The company owns and operates one of the worlds largest fleets of gas carriers, construction service operation vessels (CSOVs), and crew transfer vessels (CTVs).

Earlier this month, the owner revealed the steel cutting ceremony for its newbuild vessel that took place at Vard Tulcea, in Romania. The ceremony marked the birth of the new 87,7-meter newbuilt windfarm service vessel of VARD 4 19 design for Purus.

Meanwhile Purus added “Marcella” to its fleet, a highly fuel-efficient medium sized gas carrier for the transport of ammonia, recently delivered from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.

In May, the company revealed orders at Hyundai Mipo for four 45,000 cbm medium-sized gas carriers, expected to primarily carry ammonia.

Furthermore, the family-owned shipyard group Damen revealed that Purus recently placed an order for four FCS 2710 hybrid vessels, three FCS 3210 hybrid vessels and 90-metre CSOV.