The ship, described as the world’s largest of its type, is said to have completed sea trials in China, according to a Bureau Veritas official.
Set to be named Gas Agility according to VesselsValue data, the 18,600 cbm LNG bunker vessel, which is currently under construction near Shanghai, at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding’s premises, is operated by French energy giant Total and owned by Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines.
The 135.5-meter-long newbuilding is set to be delivered in the second quarter of this year and will supply LNG to commercial ships in Northern Europe, including CMA CGM’s nine ultra large container vessels (ULCVs), for at least ten years.
It is fitted with innovative tank technologies and meets the highest environmental standards, thanks to the use of LNG as fuel and complete reliquefication of boil-off gas.
In 2018 a long-term charter contract for Gas Agility was signed by Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions and Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, under which the unit would be managed by a UK subsidiary of Mitsui.
A second, identical ship was ordered at Hudong-Zhonghua last month. Owned by Mitsui and operated by Total, this will be positioned in the Marseille-Fos area of France.
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