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Creole Spirit LNG vessel floated

LNG Industry,

Teekay’s first M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI) powered LNG vessel, the Creole Spirit, has been floated out at the DSME shipyard in South Korea.

The vessel is on a charter contract with Cheniere and is expected to enter service in 2016, making it the most efficient LNG ship on the water with the lowest unit freight cost in the world fleet.

The two-stroke engine MEGI propulsion technology provided by MAN Diesel is driving a change in global LNG vessel efficiency. Whilst the most efficient dual-fuel diesel electric (DFDE) propulsion systems have daily consumptions in the range of 125 - 130 t including sea margin, the MEGI vessels have a consumption of 100 t.

Moreover, the reduction in the number of cylinders requiring overhaul, the reduction in the size of the complex electrical systems and the introduction of a passive partial reliquefaction system add to these LNG vessels’ efficiency and further help to reduce the unit freight cost.

Over the next eight months, DSME will install the cargo containment system capable of transporting 174 000 m3 of LNG, before testing the ship and its equipment.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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