The world’s first Sayaringo STaGE next generation LNG carrier, Diamond Gas Orchid, has been delivered to Diamond LNG Shipping, a joint venture between Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK).
The classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) classed the next generation LNG carrier, which was ordered through MI LNG Company, constructed by Nagasaki-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Structure and delivered by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding.
The carrier introduces significant improvements in both LNG-carrying capacity and fuel performance by incorporating a more efficient hull structure and an innovative hybrid propulsion system. The vessel is intended for operation in Louisiana, transporting LNG for the Cameron LNG project.
“As a global leader in LNG, ABS is proud to support continued innovation in the sector and help advance another industry first,” Jamie Smith, ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer, said.
“With newly designed cargo tanks and a hybrid propulsion, this next generation carrier can carry more LNG and minimize fuel costs.”
Diamond Gas Orchid features a continuous steel cover that reduces ship weight and air resistance while increasing LNG-carrying capacity. The unit is the first Sayaringo STaGE vessel to have both the next generation LNG cargo tank structure and propulsion system.