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MISC takes delivery of third Moss-type LNG carrier

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Malaysia’s MISC Berhad has announced that it has taken delivery of the Seri Cempaka – the third in a series of five Moss-type Seri-C Class LNG carriers.

The 150 200 m3 vessel has been constructed for MISC by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), and features an integrated hull structure (IHS) with four spherical tanks shielded by a continuous cover, enabling the vessel to operate in harsh marine conditions. The Malaysian-flagged vessel is owned by MISC, and was delivered at a naming ceremony held in Ulsan, South Korea, at the HHI yard.

The Seri Cempaka joins its sister Moss-type newbuild vessels, Seri Cenderawasih and Seri Camellia, on a long-term charter to Petronas.

The Moss-type newbuild vessels are part of MISC’s long-term fleet expansion programme. They have been designed for worldwide trading capability to enable them to call at all 80 LNG receiving terminals and 26 liquefaction terminals in operation worldwide. Its excellent cargo containment system enables a high degree of flexibility for the company to accommodate cargo loading operations at floating LNG (FLNG) units.

In addition to the integrated hull design, the vessels are also designed to minimise hull resistance, increase propulsion efficiency, decrease power requirements, and decrease CO2 emissions. Energy-saving devices include pre-swirl duct and propeller boss cap fins, providing approximately 4% energy savings at design draft, in addition to an X-twister rudder for improved manoeuvring performance.

YBhg Datuk George Ratilal, Executive Vice President and Group CFO, Petronas, said: “Seri Cempaka and her sister MOSS-Type Seri C Class vessels are a feat of engineering that have placed operational efficiency and environmental responsibility at the core. The result is an LNG carrier of unrivalled performance, reflecting the commitment of our trusted partner, MISC, in supporting our global operations. For this, I would like to extend a special thank you to the team at Hyundai Heavy Industries as well as MISC's Project Management Team for their hard work and perseverance in delivering Seri Cempaka to us today.”

The vessels also feature the Green Passport Notification and an extended low-load gas mode. This means they are capable of operating entirely on LNG in order to fully comply with both existing and impending sulfur emission control area (SECA) regulations.

The President/Group CEO of MISC, Yee Yang Chien, said: “Over the past year, with the delivery of three of our five MOSS-Type LNG carriers, MISC has made significant strides in further enhancing our LNG business unit and capabilities for serving this growing market. We have done so by pursuing a very pragmatic fleet modernisation and development programme designed to meet the changing needs of our growing customer-base, and to help them to operate sustainably and in an environmentally responsible manner in line with our aspirations in moving energy to build a better world.”

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