US LNG player New Fortress Energy will use Avenir LNG’s large bunkering and supply vessel for a period of six months during this year, ahead of its charter deal with energy giant Shell which will start in 2023.
London-based Avenir LNG said in its 2021 report released last week it had chartered the 20,000-cbm Avenir Achievement, currently under construction at China’s CIMC SOE, to Wes Edens-led NFE for a period of six months.
The joint venture of Stolt-Nielsen, Hoegh LNG and Golar LNG said the charter would begin in July this year, following delivery from the Chinese yard.
Avenir did not provide any additional information.
In December, Houston-based Shell NA LNG, a unit of Shell, and Avenir signed the charter deal for Avenir Achievement.
Starting in the first quarter of 2023, the vessel would serve Shell for a period of three years with an option to extend up to five years, Avenir said.
Avenir previously ordered two 20,000-cbm vessels, namely Avenir Allegiance and Avenir Achievement. The firm claims these are the world’s largest LNG bunkering ships.
However, it recently sold the 20,000-cbm Avenir Allegiance to a joint venture consisting of China’s terminal operator Shanghai International Port (SIPG) and Shenergy.
Shanghai SIPG Energy Service Co. will use the vessel to bunker CMA CGM’s LNG-powered vessels as part of a deal revealed in January.
Avenir Ascension delivered
Besides these two large bunkering vessels, Avenir has four 7,500-cbm LNG bunkering and supply ships in its fleet.
Avenir also said in the report it took delivery of the 7,500-cbm Avenir Ascension from CIMC SOE in January this year.
The firm said it would use this vessel to provide “bunkering services to LNG-fueled vessels in the South Baltic Sea.”
According to its AIS data provided by VesseleValue, the ship was on Monday located in the Mediterranean Sea, offshore Greece.