Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has taken delivery of Marvel Heron, a next-generation LNG carrier.
Built at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the 79,000 dwt newbuild was named at the Nagasaki Shipyard Koyagi Plant in late August this year.
With a length of 297.5 meters and a width of 48.9 meters, the Panama-flagged LNG carrier has a capacity of 177,000 cbm.
Marvel Heron is the second of the three new LNG carriers that will sail under charter contracts MOL signed with Mitsui & Co. in September 2014 and January 2015.
The vessels will mainly transport shale gas-derived LNG from the Mitsui & Co.-backed Cameron LNG project in the US state of Louisiana.
MOL will manage the new vessels, which will supply LNG to markets in Japan and other countries.
As explained, Marvel Heron adopts the hybrid dual-shaft steam turbine and gas engine (STaGE) propulsion system. This is said to be an environment-friendly and economically superior design which achieves a further reduction in fuel costs while minimizing CO2 emissions.