MOL names LNG carrier
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. Wednesday named a 19,177-cubic-meter Moss-type (three tanks) liquefied natural gas carrier at Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corp.'s Sakaide Shipyard in Japan.
The small-scale 151-meter-long and 28-meter-wide vessel, Sun Arrows, is owned by Maple LNG Transport Inc., a 50-50 joint venture of MOL and Hiroshima Gas.
The ship will sail under a long-term charter with HG LNG Shipping Corp., owned by Hiroshima Gas. The Sun Arrows will leave its maiden voyage to the loading port of Bintulu, Malaysia, at the beginning of November. It will transport LNG from Malaysia, Sakhalin and other producing areas.
MOL has a fleet of 59 LNG carriers, and plans to expand that to 80 ships by 2010.