On 11 December 2018, the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel started its operations in Northwest Europe.
Largest LNG Supply Vessel
The LNG tanker ‘Kairos’ is the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel and has a tank capacity of 7500 m³. The ice class vessel has several other unique features, including the ballast-free design and installation of a CNG tank to store vapour return gas from customer’s vessels.
The construction of the vessel started in 2016 when the joint venture signed a time-charter agreement with ship owner Babcock Schulte Energy. In February 2018, steel cutting took place at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) in Ulsan, South Korea, and in October 2018 the vessel was delivered by the shipyard.
The bunker vessel began operations in Northwest Europe and is chartered by Blue LNG, a joint venture of the Hamburg based leading LNG supplier Nauticor (with a 90% share) and the Lithuanian energy infrastructure provider KN (with a 10% share), the ship was handed over by the owner Babcock Schulte Energy in the port of Klaipeda.
Large Scale LNG supply
Mahinde Abeynaike, CEO of Nauticor, said: “With the handover of ‘Kairos’ we are securing the supply of LNG as a marine fuel in the Baltic Sea on a large-scale basis. Thanks to our large LNG storage tanks with a pump rate equivalent to more than 30 LNG trucks per hour and our innovative maneuvering technology, marine customers will be able to benefit from an extremely fast and safe LNG ship to ship supply. From now on, also large vessels can bunker LNG in the Baltic Sea”.
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