Yards get call to refine bids on Ichthys LNG carrier trio
Shipyards have been asked to hone their bids for three LNG carrier newbuildings required for the Inpex and Total-led Ichthys production project.
Yards were asked to submit a second round of offers by 31 July, sources said.
Seven shipbuilders, four in South Korea and three in Japan, are said to be under consideration for the work. Elsewhere, nine shipowners that prequalified
to build the three ships are waiting to learn if they have made it onto a shortlist. Inpex and Total are scheduled to meet on 13 August, giving rise to
speculation that the contenders may come up for discussion next week.
Japan's Mitsui OSK Lines, NYK and K Line, MISC of Malaysia and SK Shipping, which is offering in partnership with Marubeni, originally submitted offers, as did Maran Gas Maritime, GasLog, BW Gas and Teekay.
The Ichthys partners need at least three LNG carriers, two of around 180,000 cbm and one of 155,000 cbm, to ship volumes from their upcoming project off Australia.
The ships are required for delivery in late 2016 or early the following year. Owners were able to offer in for both newbuildings and existing vessels, although most are said to have proposed the former.