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FSRU vessel completes sea trial

LNG Industry,

The FSRU (floating storage and regasification unit) vessel Independence sailed to the sea on its own course from Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipyard in Korea. The vessel’s sea trial lasted almost a week.

After an extended construction period including engineering, welding, painting, installation and testing, the vessel successfully sailed into the open sea.

The sea trial of any vessel is an essential ‘birth’ phase of a ship. Typically, this is the last phase of construction, taking place in open water, and it can last between several hours and several days.

The sea trial was conducted between 22nd and 27th January 2014. The trial was performed in order to assess the vessel's performance and seaworthiness by checking the ship's speed, manoeuvrability, equipment and safety features.

Klaipedos Nafta, an operator of the Klaipeda Oil Terminal in Lithuania, signed a contract for the floating LNG storage and regasification unit with Hoegh LNG, in March 2012. The ship is being built in Hyundai’s South Korean shipyard. The FSRU is expected to Klaipeda port this autumn.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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