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MOL names new LNG carrier

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that it has held a naming ceremony for its new LNG carrier, which was constructed for Osaka Gas Co. Ltd and Kyushu Power Co. Inc. The carrier was named LNG SATURN at the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.

The carrier is 288 m long, 48.94 m in breadth, has a draft of 11.55 m, and features a Moss-type non-spherical tank (continuous tank cover). Furthermore, it has a gross tonnage of 138 000 t, and has a cargo capacity of approximately 153 000 m3.

Largely, the carrier will transport LNG purchased by Osaka Gas and Kyushu Power from the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG project in Australia. This is the first time that an LNG carrier that is entirely owned by a Japanese shipping company will serve both electric power and gas companies based in Japan.

Takehiro Honjo, the Representative Director and President of Osaka Gas, cut the rope with his wife.

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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