Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd (KHI) has delivered Marvel Pelican, the third in a series of three Moss-type LNG carriers for owner Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL)
With a capacity of 155,000 m3, Marvel Pelican will sail under 25-year charter contracts signed with Mitsui & Co in September 2014 and January 2015, carrying LNG cargoes from the US Gulf Coast. With an overall length of 299.9 m, beam of 48.9 m and draught of 11.8 m, Marvel Pelican will mainly transport LNG from the Mitsui-backed Cameron LNG project in Louisiana.
Built at KHI’s Sakaide Shipyard, Marvel Pelican is equipped with dual-fuel diesel-electric (DFDE) propulsion system, which can operate on both heavy fuel oil (HFO) and LNG This system achieves heat efficiency, and is a more environment-friendly, economically superior design than normal steam turbine propulsion system.
MOL, as one of the world’s largest LNG carrier owners and management companies, will further deepen and develop its relationship with Mitsui & Co.
Marvel Heron, the second in the newbuild series, was delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) from its Nagasaki Shipyard in September. KHI delivered the first in the series, Marvel Eagle, in October 2018.
In May, US-based Sempra LNG announced it had shipped its first commissioning cargo from Cameron LNG from Train 1. Cameron LNG is jointly owned by affiliates of Sempra LNG, Total, Mitsui & Co, Ltd, and Japan LNG Investment, LLC, a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK). Sempra Energy indirectly owns 50.2% of Cameron LNG.
Phase 1 of the Cameron LNG export project includes the first three trains that will enable the export of approximately 12 mta of LNG. Trains 2 and 3 are expected to be commissioned in Q1 and Q3 2020, respectively.