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Ice class LNG carrier docks at Zeebrugge LNG terminal

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Fluxys has released a statement claiming that the world’s first top category ice class LNG carrier has docked at the Zeebrugge LNG in Belgium.

The vessel was recently completed at the shipyard, and is scheduled for a number of operations at the terminal. These include, amongst other things, cooling down its cargo tanks and loading a small volume of LNG. The vessel has moored at the terminal during its maiden voyage, and will continue its sea trials afterwards, setting off to the Yamal peninsula in Siberia, Russia, to undergo ice performance tests.

The vessel will be used for the Yamal LNG project, which is currently under construction in North Siberia. It has been designed to perform year-round navigation through the Arctic to its destination markets, and is capable of breaking through ice up to 2.1 m thick.

Fluxys claims that this vessel’s call at the Zeebrugge terminal will not be its last. Specifically, a 20-year contract was secured in 2015 to perform transhipments for the Yamal LNG project at the facility. Currently, a fifth LNG storage tank and additional process facilities are under construction to provide these services.

It will join a fleet other 15 similar vessels, which will also serve the Yamal LNG production terminal and regularly call at the Zeebrugge terminal to perform transhipment operations to conventional LNG carriers for further redelivery to a number of destinations, including Asia.

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