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Silverstream air lubrication technology secures eight orders for Hyundai LNG carriers

28 Jul 2020

UK-based clean technology company Silverstream Technologies on Thursday (27 July) secured another deal to install its air lubrication technology, the Silverstream® System, onboard eight newbuild liquified natural gas (LNG) carriers being constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in South Korea. 

The milestone order reinforces the market maturity and proven environmental and financial savings of the Silverstream® System and further demonstrates the global appeal of air lubrication as one of the most viable clean technologies available within the shipping industry, it said.

Four of the 174,000 cubic metre LNG carriers are owned by leading global operator Knutsen LNG. A further two are owned by investors advised by JP Morgan Asset Management. 

The last two vessels are owned by Korea Line Corporation. All of the LNG carriers have secured long-term charter agreements with Shell. 

The Silverstream® System will help to increase operational efficiency and reduce fuel burn and associated emissions onboard the carriers, with exceptional net savings expected once the vessels are in operation, it explained.

The system is particularly effective with the hull form and operational profile of LNG carriers, and is suitable for both newbuild and retrofit applications. 

“We are delighted to secure this ground-breaking major order of the Silverstream® System. The support shown by the yard, owners, and charterers for our technology in the LNGC sector has been substantial and is hugely encouraging in terms of the potential to support the wider global shipping fleet,” said Noah Silberschmidt, CEO, Silverstream Technologies.

“Working with some of the best known names in the maritime sector is an immense privilege and our expert team of commercial and supply chain professionals, alongside our world-beating naval architects and engineers, are fully focused on installing, testing, and commissioning our System on these vessels – and delivering market-leading efficiency savings once they are in operation.”

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Photo credit: Silverstream Technologies
Published: 28 July, 2020

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