Image Courtesy: Teekay
The images above show Oak Spirit, an M-type, electronically controlled, gas injection (MEGI) -type liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, crossing the Panama Canal for the first time in 2016.
The 173,000 cubic meter ship was delivered to its owner, Teekay LNG Partners, from South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in August 2016.
Following the delivery, Oak Spirit started its five-year fee-based contract with Houston-based energy company Cheniere Energy, lifting volumes from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG export facility alongside Creole Spirit, its sister vessel.
On January 6, 2017, Oak Spirit delivered the first cargo produced in the contiguous United States (US LNG) to Joetsu LNG Terminal of Chubu Electric Power Company in Japan. The cargo was loaded onto the ship at Sabine Pass LNG Terminal in Louisiana, operated by Cheniere Energy Partners, on December 7, 2016. On its way to Japan, the ship transited the Panama Canal.
Oak Spirit is the second of eleven MEGI-type newbuilding vessels being built for Teekay.
Seven more vessels are being built at DSME including Torben Spirit, scheduled for delivery in 2017.
According to Teekay, two additional LNG MEGI newbuildings will be built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard.