Two new LNG carriers that will transport LNG from the US to Japan were christened by Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) at the Tsu Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation.
The two vessels, Energy Innovator and Energy Universe, were named by Tokyo Gas president Takashi Uchida.
The LNG carriers will take LNG cargo from Dominion Energys Cove Point LNG in Maryland to Tokyo Gas under a 20-year agreement. Dominion began exporting LNG from the Cove Point LNG facility in March 2018.
According to the US Department of Energy, Cove Point was one of four US LNG terminals that exported a total of 483 cargoes in 2018, a jump from 262 export cargoes in 2017.
Japan was the third most popular destination for US LNG exports, receiving 37 cargoes, behind South Korea with 73 export cargoes and Mexico with 53 shipments.
The vessels are the 10th and 11th LNG carriers that Tokyo LNG Tanker Co owns and manages. MOL is involved in managing eight of those ships, including the two newbuilding carriers.
Each vessel has an overall length of 300 m, beam of 48.9 m and depth of 11.5 m, with tri-fuel diesel-electric propulsion system and a capacity of 165,000 m3 in self-supporting prismatic shape IMO Type B cargo tanks. They will have a service speed of 19.5 knots.
MOL will be the ship manager. Energy Universe will fly the Panamanian flag and be 100% owned and managed by MOL. Energy Innovator will fly the Japanese flag and be 90% owned by MOL and 10% by Tokyo LNG Tanker Co.
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