China’s Cosco Shipping and Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines will soon take the delivery of the 174,000-cbm LNG Megrez.
The vessel is the fourth and final conventional Yamal LNG carrier that China’s Hudong-Zhonghua is building for the venture.
To remind, the vessel returned to Hudong-Zhonghua’s yard in Shanghai on September 21 following a 14-day trial.
LNG Prime understands the vessel’s official naming and delivery ceremony will take place at the end of this month.
LNG Megrez has an overall length of 290 meters featuring two WinGD’s dual-fuel engines and GTT’s No96 membrane cargo containment system.
Worth mentioning here, Hudong delivered the third Yamal vessel in this batch, LNG Phecda, in August.
The yard handed over the first carrier of the quartet, LNG Dubhe, in October 2019 followed by the second vessel, LNG Merak, in January this year.
These carriers don’t have ice-breaking capability such as the ARC7 carriers that serve Novatek’s 16.5 mtpa LNG plant in the Russian Arctic.
The plan for them included taking transshipped LNG at European terminals, previously delivered by ice-class carriers, for onward distribution mainly to Asia.
However, as previously reported, both LNG Dubhe and LNG Merak have in August directly loaded the fuel directly at the Arctic plant.