MOL and Cosco name new Yamal LNG vessel

China’s Hudong-Zhonghua held on Wednesday a naming ceremony for the third Yamal LNG vessel owned by a venture consisting of compatriot Cosco Shipping and Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines.

The owners will take delivery of the 174,000-cbm LNG Phecda by the end of this month.

LNG Phecda is the third in a series of four Yamal-dedicated vessels ordered by the MOL-Cosco venture at Hudong.

MOL and Cosco name new Yamal LNG vessel2
Image: Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding

Each of the 290 meters long ships features WinGD dual-fuel engines and GTT’s cargo containment system.

The Yamal carriers will not directly load chilled fuel at Novatek’s 16.5 mtpa LNG plant in the Russian Arctic.

They will take transshipped LNG at European terminals, previously delivered by ice-class carriers, for onward distribution mainly to Asia.

China State Shipbuilding Corporation’s Hudong is also finalising works on the fourth and final Yamal carrier in this batch, LNG Megrez.

This 174,000-cbm vessel completed its sea trials on Monday.

Hudong, a unit of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, is also finalising works on the fourth and final Yamal carrier in this batch, LNG Megrez.
Image: Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding

The yard delivered the first carrier in this quartet, LNG Dubhe, in October 2019 followed by the second vessel, LNG Merak, earlier this year.

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