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World’s largest LNG dual-fuel ethane carrier delivered to Navigator Gas

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ABS has announced that the ABS-classed Navigator Aurora – the largest ethane/ethylene capable liquefied gas carrier in the world – has been delivered to Navigator Gas by Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, China.

The vessel is the first of four Navigator Gas ethane/ethylene midsize vessels classed by ABS to be delivered during 2016 and early 2017. It has cargo carrying capacity of over 37 000 m3, and features dual-fuel engines, enabling it operate on both diesel and LNG.

Kirsi Tikka, ABS Executive Vice President of Global Marine, said: “The dynamics of the global gas industry demand a commitment to developing novel projects to take advantage of new opportunities.

“As a leader in classing the most advanced gas projects in the world, ABS is proud to work with Navigator Gas, Jiangnan Shipyard, and all stakeholders in making the Navigator Aurora a success.”

Navigator Aurora has been long-term chartered to export ethane from the US to Borealis, Sweden. ABS claims that the vessel’s development focused on opportunities presented by shale gas plays in the US.

Patrick Janssens, ABS Vice President of Global Gas Solutions, said: “In the coming years, we expect to see many more projects being developed to service the expanding gas export market from the US.

“With our experience with the latest technologies for gas carriers and LNG-fuelled ships, we are well positioned to assist our clients with their new projects. Our strong presence in the US and longstanding history of assisting industry stakeholders with understanding US Coast Guard regulations make us the obvious choice for companies that need to support vessels operating in US waters.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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