Dutch gas tanker shipowner Anthony Veder has signed an agreement with Finnish natural gas importer Gasum for construction and a long term charter of an 18,000 cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier.
The new ICE Class 1A Super LNG carrier will be built at German shipyard Neptun Werft and delivered in the last quarter of 2017.
Once completed, the LNG carrier will deliver LNG to two terminals at Tahkoluoto in Pori, and Röyttä in Tornio.
The LNG terminals are currently under construction. The Tahkoluoto terminal is expected to be completed in 2016, while the Röyttä terminal should be operational in 2018.
Since the Röyttä terminal in Tornio is located in the northernmost arm of the Baltic Sea, the vessel will have the highest ice class notation (1A SUPER) and COLD notation to allow the vessel to safely and reliably trade in the extreme winter weather conditions that occur in that region regularly.
Furthermore this vessel will also use the LNG boil-off gas as a fuel for its main and auxiliary engines, which makes the vessel fully compliant with the most stringent emission regulations and environmentally friendly in operation.
This is Anthony Veder’s third small-scale LNG carrier chartered out to Gasum and its subsidiary Skangas.
”For Anthony Veder this will be the fifth small-scale LNG carrier operating in the Northern European area. Furthermore this brings the total of LNG fueled vessels in our fleet to seven. But this agreement primarily and most importantly allows us to enter into cooperation with Gasum and further expand our existing strong relationship with our well respected customer Skangas,” said Jan Valkier, CEO of Anthony Veder.