The ‘Gas Agility’ Photo: Chris Schotanus
The world’s largest LNG bunker vessel has been officially named at a ceremony held in Rotterdam.
The 18,600m³ GTT Mark III Flex membrane vessel Gas Agility is the first LNG bunker vessel owned by Emerald Green Maritime, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL). She will be chartered by Total’s affiliate Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS).
“We are delighted to have officially named Gas Agility as she embarks on a new chapter in delivering cleaner marine fuels,” said Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet, managing director of TMFGS.
“Her arrival in Rotterdam marks the culmination of three years of dedicated work with MOL and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in Shanghai, to plan, build and create a major development in global marine LNG fuel supply,” he added.
Construction started in November 2018 at HudongZhonghua Shipbuilding’s yard with delivery taking place in April 2020. Using LNG herself as propulsion fuel and integrating a complete re-liquefaction of the boil-off gas, Gas Agility was made possible through a collaboration between the shipyard, the owner, the charterer and many partners, including Bureau Veritas and GTT, whom Takeshi Hashimoto, executive vice president of MOL thanked.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the people who have been involved in the project,” he said.
In December 2019, TMFGS and MOL signed a long-term charter contract for a second large LNG bunker vessel, to be delivered in 2021. She will be positioned in the Marseille-Fos area in France to supply LNG as a marine fuel within the Mediterranean area.