Thursday, December 10, 2009

MOL And Hoegh Take Delivery of New SRV

New Ship Highlights Diversification Strategy
Shipping News Feature

USA - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Höegh LNG have taken delivery of their first co-owned shuttle and regasification vessel (SRV), the GDF Suez Neptune. The ship will operate under long-term charter contract for the GDF Suez Group and provide Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) shipping services to the Neptune LNG Deep Water Port off the coast of Massachusetts.

The new SRV design is a innovative development that removes the problems conventional LNG carriers can have with shifting loads during open sea discharges. The GDF Suez Neptune, which will commission in early 2010, has also received the “Green Passport” accreditation from Det Norske Veritas (DNV) certifying the environmental considerations taken when constructing, operating and ultimately disposing of the vessel.

In a statement on the launching of the vessel MOL said that: "The vessel, which is the first SRV owned by the Japanese shipping company, is a part of Mitsui O.S.K. Line’s strategy of satisfying the diversified needs of the market by providing a broad range of LNG transportation services."

(pic: the GDF Suez Neptune)