Nakilat, the shipping arm of Qatar’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, has expanded its joint venture with Greek shipping company Maran Ventures Inc. to include two new LNG vessels.
Maran Nakilat Co. Ltd. was established in 2005 with four jointly-owned vessels, and the agreement has been expanded on three occasions. The new agreement increases the number of vessels jointly-owned by Nakilat and Maran Gas to 13, confirming Nakilat’s wholly and jointly-owned LNG fleet as the largest in the world.
“ This move strengthens ties between the two entities, and the current agreement allows for further expansion in the future,” said Nakilat’s Managing Director, Abdullah Al Sulaiti.
“Nakilat’s strong financial performance has allowed us to increase our fleet size further. Selecting strong partners in the shipping industry has been fundamental to Nakilat’s success, and our relationship with Maran continues to be reinforced since our first agreement in 2005.”
The two new vessels are currently under construction in South Korea and, upon delivery in the third and fourth quarters of 2015, will bring the total number of LNG and LPG ships partially or wholly owned by Nakilat to 67. The vessels are Tri-Fuel Diesel Electric (TFDE) propulsion models with capacities of 161,870 cubic metres and 174,000 cubic metres respectively.
“We are very proud of our association with Nakilat and look forward to working closely together in the future with their highly professional team in order to explore and develop opportunities in the LNG space,” said John Angelicoussis, owner of Greek Angelicoussis Shipping Group.