Subsidiary of Tokyo Gas Tokyo LNG Tanker has entered into an agreement with Japan Marine United (JMUC) for the construction of two liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels.
The company has also signed a deal with Tokyo-based Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) for joint ownership and a 20-year charter for the vessels.
As per the deal, NYK and MOL will also be responsible for ship management.
The 299.9m long and 48.9m wide vessel will feature a SPB containment system, a Japanese technology developed by IHI and JMU.
The containment system allows for maximum use of the space inside the hull and free designing of the hull shape for best fuel consumption.
The LNG vessels will be equipped with tri fuel diesel electric propulsion systems that enable low-sulphur oil or gas use to be within the US emission control regulations.
The vessels will be designed to transit through the Panama Canaland and be used for transporting LNG for US Cove Point project.
The vessels will have a tank capacity of 165,000m³ and travel at a service speed of 19.5kt.
The vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2017 and will take Tokyo LNG Tanker’s fleet of LNG vessels to twelve.
Image: The vessels will be the world’s largest LNG vessels with SPB tanks. Photo: courtesy of Tokyo LNG Tanker Co., Ltd.