A Mitsui-chartered LNG carrier has docked at the Cameron LNG terminal to load the facility’s first export cargo
Marvel Crane, a 177,000-m3 LNG carrier, is poised to load the first LNG export cargo at Cameron LNG facility in Hackberry, Louisiana.
Operating under charter to Japan’s Mitsui & Co, Marvel Crane docked at the Cameron LNG export terminal two weeks after President Trump visited the facility. Cameron LNG is expected to produce its first LNG export cargo from train 1 in Q2 2019.
Cameron LNG is jointly owned by affiliates of San Diego-based Sempra LNG, Total, Mitsui & Co and Japan LNG Investment, a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha.
Marvel Crane was named in a ceremony held in February at Nagasaki at the Koyagi Shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI). Owned by NYK, Marvel Crane is the second LNG vessel for which NYK has concluded a long-term time-charter contract with Mitsui & Co for the Cameron LNG Project.
MHI delivered sister vessel Marvel Falcon in 2018.
Marvel Crane will transport LNG from Cameron LNG and other locations around the world for up to 25 years, including optional extension periods. The NYK Group will be responsible for ship management.
The LNG carrier has apple-shaped tanks that have greater LNG-carrying capacity, and the vessel is equipped with a hybrid propulsion system that combines a steam turbine and engines that can be fired by gas, resulting in cuts in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.