Japanese shipping company NYK has announced that the liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier ELISA LARUS has started a long-term charter contract with EDF LNG Shipping.

The ship is owned by France LNG Shipping, a ship-owning company based in France, co-owned by NYK and Geogas LNG.

The ship was delivered to EDF LNG Shipping by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, which built the vessel. The vessel has a gross tonnage of 118,286t.

It is the first long-term charter for France LNG Shipping and the vessel will be used for LNG transportation for 20 years.

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The vessel features a 174,000m3 capacity membrane-type cargo tank that has a GTT Mark III Flex cargo containment system and a dual-fuel slow-speed engine (WinGD X-DF).

The vessel was classed by Bureau Veritas and received the cyber-security notification from the French classification society. It is the first LNG vessel to receive such certification.

Last week, Japan-based classification society ClassNK granted an approval in principle (AIP) to the concept design of an autonomous ship framework. The AIP was awarded to Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and MTI Co (MTI).

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In November last year, NYK and Norwegian maritime technology company Dualog signed a research and development agreement to develop new solutions for improved ship management.

In March, NYK and NYK Group companies MTI and Japan Marine Science (JMS) developed a new system that assists seafarers at the time of berthing operations.