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MOL name LNG carrier for Yamal LNG project

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TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd has announced that on 19 August, a naming ceremony for an LNG carrier, jointly ordered by MOL and China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping), was held at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd (Hudong).

The vessel was named LNG PHECDA after a star in the constellation Ursa Major. LNG PHECDA is the third of four new-building conventional LNG carriers for the Yamal LNG Project announced at the end of June 2017, and the sister vessel of the LNG DUBHE and LNG MERAK which were delivered in November 2019 and January 2020 respectively at the same shipyard.

MOL has been operating 13 LNG carriers built in China for other projects, and LNG PHECDA will become the 14th LNG carrier built in China to join the company’s fleet. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic occurring during the construction of LNG PHECDA, she is expected to be delivered from the shipyard in a timely manner as originally planned, thanks largely to the help and co-operation of Hudong and the safety measures which have been taken to mitigate the dangers of the pandemic.

By leveraging the company’s close working relationship with Hudong, MOL continues the construction of the fourth LNG carrier, the last one in the series, will be completed on schedule. With these carriers, MOL will continue to work assiduously to provide safe and stable LNG transportation from the Yamal LNG plant.

LNG PHECDA specifications:

  • Length: 295.0 m.
  • Breadth: 45.00 m.
  • Draft: 11.50 m.
  • LNG tank: Membrane type.
  • Cargo tank capacity: 174 000 m3.
  • Shipyard: Hudong.
  • Ship management company: MOL LNG Transport (Europe) Ltd.
  • Ownership: MOL 50%/China COSCO Shipping 50%.


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