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AG&P launches small scale LNG carrier

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Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Co. (AG&P) has announced that it has launched an ultra-shallow draft 4000 – 8000 m3 LNG carrier capable of accessing rivers and shallow harbours with a draft of only 2 m.

The vessel will serve as a ‘work horse’ for nearshore LNG milk-run deliveries to locations with limited access, including shallow rivers and restricted harbours with low water depths.

The vessel features a hull design that reduces the waterline entrance angle and vessel resistance in waves. The carrier can also be ballasted in open water, improving both stability and speed. It does not require handling tugs, and is able to receive LNG cargoes from a floating storage unit (FSU).

Derek Thomas, Head of AG&P’s Advanced Research Unit, said: “LNG can be break-bulked – breaking larger LNG cargoes into smaller shipments – and transported in small volumes over short distances using coastal tankers, specialised trucks and trains to a variety of customers. The availability of a smaller scale delivery network through break-building has enabled both distributed power generation and a variety of industrial applications in various manufacturing and processing facilities. Our new scalable LNGC is a plug-and-play customisable supply solution that requires lower capital cost making LNG more accessible and economically viable for small or developing LNG import markets.”

The company will finance and construct the vessel at its manufacturing facility in the Philippines. It will be built in 16 months, and will be made available for sale or lease.

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