MOL Celebrates Naming Ceremony For Green LNG Carrier


Naming Ceremony for New LNG Carrier

Japan’s shipping giant, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), recently conducted a naming ceremony for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier at a Chinese shipyard. This vessel, along with five others in the series, is set to serve CNOOC Gas & Power Singapore Trading & Marketing, a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC).

The deal for six 174,000-cubic-meter LNG vessels, signed in January 2022, marked Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding’s largest LNG carrier shipbuilding order at the time, valued at approximately $1.18 billion.

The following month, the Chinese shipbuilder hired France’s LNG containment specialist GTT for the LNG vessels’ tank design. Once October 2022 rolled in, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding picked TMC Compressors (TMC) to provide the complete marine compressed air system for the ships.

Collaborations & Greenergy Ocean LNG Carrier

While announcing a naming ceremony for the Greenergy Ocean LNG carrier, which is the first of these six 174,000 cbm ships, MOL explained the significance behind the name by describing ‘Greenergy’ as a coined word combining ‘green’ and ‘energy.’

The Japanese player further elaborates that the combination of the words conveys the desire to contribute to the realization of a low-carbon society through safe, reliable transport of LNG. Upon delivery from Hudong-Zhonghua at the end of May, the vessel will transport LNG procured by the CNOOC Group from all over the world, mainly to China.

Since this is the first vessel to be launched, five more will follow suit as outlined in a long-term charter contract, signed in January 2022, for six new newbuilding LNG carriers, which are jointly owned by MOL, CNOOC, and Cosco Shipping LNG Investment (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. These remaining five vessels are scheduled to be delivered between 2024 and 2026.

MOL’s Recent Activities

MOL has been actively involved in various energy transition initiatives, including winning a long-term time charter party (TCP) agreement for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) with Poland’s Gaz System and putting an FSRU into operation in West Java, Indonesia.

After a previous decarbonization-linked loan bankrolled the construction of an LNG-powered dual-fuel very large crude carrier (VLCC), MOL got its hands on another energy transition-related loan in April.

The company’s coal carrier equipped with the Wind Challenger hard sail wind propulsion system recently tucked a new milestone under its belt with daily fuel savings of up to 17% and 5 to 8% per voyage on average.

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Source: Offshore-Energy