- Kairos the world’s largest LNG bunker tanker of capacity 7500 cu m commissioned.
- The vessel addresses environmental concerns and the global move towards more sustainable transport modes at sea.
- Nauticor chartered the Kairos via the joint venture Blue LNG.
- Nauticor has a 90% share and Lithuanian energy infrastructure provider Klaipedos Nafta has a 10% share.
The world’s largest LNG bunker tanker Kairos was officially christened in the port of Hamburg reports, Seatrade Maritime.
With more than 250 guests witnessing, the world’s largest LNG bunker tanker with capacity 7,500 cu m was officially christened by godmother Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, federal chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
With words “May God bless her and all who sail on her” Kramp-Karrenbauer wished the ship always a safe journey.
Not just another vessel
“The commissioning of this vessel is not only important for the German shipping industry, but addressing environmental concerns in general and the global move towards more sustainable transport modes at sea,” she said.
The ice-class LNG bunker supply vessel is equipped with ballast-free design and a CNG tank to store vapour return gas from customer vessels.
Construction and delivery
The vessel construction started in 2016 and in February 2018, steel cutting took place at Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, from where the vessel was delivered in October 2018.
The joint venture
Nauticor chartered the Kairos via the joint venture Blue LNG, where Nauticor has a 90% share and Lithuanian energy infrastructure provider Klaipedos Nafta has a 10% share, from the owner Babcock Schulte Energy.
Mahinde Abeynaike, ceo of Nauticor, commented: “With the commissioning of the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel, the availability of LNG as fuel for shipping on a large-scale basis is secured, e.g. in the Baltic Sea.”
“With shipping companies having access to a fuel that is not only financially attractive, but also environmentally sustainable, people and nature in Northwest Europe will benefit from a substantial reduction of emissions at sea and in port,” Abeynaike added.
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