Nakilat has taken delivery of a new-build LNG carrier, Global Star, which will be commercially and technically managed in-house.
Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), this is the second out of the four LNG carrier new-builds to be delivered to Global Shipping Co. Ltd., a joint venture of Nakilat (60%) and Maran Ventures Inc. (40%). The first new-build, Global Energy, was safely delivered in May 2020. The delivery of all four new-build LNG carriers will bring Nakilat’s fleet to 74 vessels, which is just under 12% of the current global LNG fleet based on carrying capacity.
Nakilat’s Chief Executive Officer Eng. Abdullah Al Sulaiti said, “Nakilat welcomes a new addition into our world’s largest LNG fleet, a technologically-advanced new-build that allows us to provide additional capacity and flexibility to our customers and gives us a greater competitive edge in this dynamic marketplace. Technically operated and commercially managed in-house, this significant milestone bears testament to the company’s superior ship management capabilities and further affirms our global leadership position in energy transportation. Nakilat has been demonstrating remarkable accomplishments with the completion of fleet management transitions for seven LNG carriers and the delivery of one new-build within a year, tactfully executing its strategic long-term growth as part of the efforts to optimise costs and hence maximise returns for our shareholders.”
Al Sulaiti added: “We have seen a shift in terms of management and vessel technology in the industry, which we have taken into consideration. Constructed in South Korea, the four modern vessels each have a cargo carrying capacity of 173 400 m3, equipped with some of the most advanced and environmentally sound technology within the market today, with two of them being equipped with ME-GI while the other two with X-DF propulsion technologies. These vessels also feature an optimised hull design and employ other advanced technologies which help to strengthen Nakilat’s position as the leading transporter of clean energy.”
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