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Osaka Gas to build two new LNG carriers

October 28. 2011

 Osaka Gas and its wholly-owned affiliate, Osaka Gas International Transport, have entered into an agreement with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines for joint ownership of two new LNG carriers and a placement of ship-building orders to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.  The ships, each scheduled to be put into service in 2014 and 2015, respectively, are planned to be used mainly for delivery of LNG from Gorgon (Australia) and PNG LNG (Papua New Guinea) projects.  Under the terms of the agreement, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. will function as the ship management company.

The two tankers have the same design with LNG tank capacity of 153,000 cubic meters (4 MOSS independent spherical tanks).  The ships feature a continuous cover over the cargo tanks which enhance structural strength, lower weight, and lower wind resistance, resulting in improved fuel efficiency.  Combined with the use of a new steam turbine engine with steam re-heating, the ships would achieve a higher fuel efficiency of over 20% compared with conventional ships.

In addition to reduced CO2 and SOx emissions, the ship further enhances its responsiveness to environmental issues with the installation of a ballast water treatment system for lowering impact on the marine ecosystem.

Osaka Gas expects that the two new ships will contribute to more efficient and economical procurement of LNG.

Artist’s rendering of the new ship

Technical specifications
LNG tank capacity: 153,000m3
Tank type: stretched spherical MOSS type
Length over all/breadth: 288.0m/48.94m
Design draft: 11.55m
Gross tonnage: 138,000 tons
Service speed: 19.5 knots

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