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MOL names another ice-breaking LNG carrier for key project


Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that on September 11, a naming ceremony for an ice-breaking LNG carrier, jointly ordered by MOL and China COSCO Shipping Corporation, was held at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd (DSME).


As a crowd of VIPs and personnel involved in the project looked on, the newbuilding was named the Vladimir Vize by Ms Irina Ershova of PAO Novatek, the major shareholder in the Yamal LNG project. The name was chosen in honour of the Russian Arctic explorer and oceanologist. The Vladimir Vize is the sister vessel of the Vladimir Rusanov, which started transport service at the end of March 2018 under a long-term charter contract to transport LNG for the Yamal LNG project. The new vessel is also scheduled to go into service for the Yamal LNG project following its delivery at the end of this month in DSME and an ice-breaking navigation without ice-breaker support in the Northern Sea Route towards the Yamal LNG plant at Sabetta port in Russia.


Construction of the last of the three ice-breaking LNG newbuildings has been progressing as planned in DSME, and the vessel is expected to be delivered to the Yamal LNG project next year. Furthermore, regarding the four conventional LNG carriers destined for the Yamal project announced in June 2017, construction to a high safety standard is proceeding with project partner China COSCO Shipping, using both internal and external supervisors. Construction of these four vessels is expected to be completed in 2019-2020.


The second train at the Yamal LNG plant started operation in August 2018, and LNG production from the plant has been expanding steadily. MOL continues to work assiduously to ensure stable LNG transportation from the Yamal LNG plant, as well as for other energy resources and product transportation through the Northern Sea route, where demand is expected to grow in the future, said a release.


Source : Exim News Service - TOKYO, Sept. 13


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