Joint ventures involving Japanese shipping companies and the Japanese energy conglomerate JERA have held naming ceremonies for two LNG carriers in the past week.
NYK Line and JERA representatives attended a ceremony at Kawasaki Heavy Industries shipyard on 17 January to christen the LNG carrier Shinshu Maru (pictured above).
The 300 m long, 136,000-tonne dual-fuel vessel is set to be delivered in February 2019 and has a 20-year assignment to transport LNG from the Freeport LNG project near Galveston, Texas in the US. Shinshu Maru has a cargo tank capacity of more than 177,000 m3.
NYK and JERA established an equally-owned joint partnership called Trans Pacific Shipping 7 Limited in 2015 to invest in building LNG carriers.
Formed in 2015 through a merger of Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Group and Chubu Electric Power Group, JERA has investments throughout the energy supply chain, including 16 LNG carriers. JERA also holds equity in the Freeport LNG project.
On 11 January, representatives from the JERA-MOL joint venture Trans Pacific Shipping 5 attended a naming ceremony at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in Nagasaki for the LNG carrier Noshu Maru (pictured below).
The 297.5 m long, 80,300-dwt vessel has a cargo tank capacity of 180,000 m3. Noshu Maru is also scheduled for delivery in February 2019 and will transport LNG for the Freeport LNG project in Texas.
The vessel’s hybrid-propulsion system combines a steam turbine and gas-fired engines which MHI said utilises waste heat to offer improved plant efficiency in both low- and high-speed sailing.
Noshu Maru is the fourth of MHI’s Sarayingo vessels which feature an energy-efficient hull design as well as apple-shaped LNG tanks which allow greater carrying capacity without increasing the ship's width.