Both companies have agreed on a long term time charter for a new ICE Class 1A Super LNG carrier. The 18,000 cbm vessel will be constructed at German shipyard Neptun Werft, which is a subsidiary of the Meyer Neptun Group, and will be delivered last quarter 2017. 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.
Its specific purpose is to bring LNG to two terminals which are currently being constructed, at Tahkoluoto in Pori (completed in 2016) and Röyttä in Tornio, Finland (completed 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.
“We are committed to developing cost and energy-efficient solutions for small to mid-size LNG shipping. For us 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.
“We are very satisfied on our new agreement with Anthony Veder. The new vessel supports our strategic aim to develop the Nordic LNG infrastructure and gas market, furthering our possibility to offer a much more competitive product for end users in the maritime and industry sectors,” commented Gasum CEO and Skangas Chairman of the Board Johanna Lamminen.