LNG Carrier Fleet Hits 300
It took 34 years for the in-service fleet of LNG carriers to reach 100 vessels and a further eight years for it to break through the 200 vessel barrier. Recenlty, the 300 ship mark was reached which took only an additional two and one-half years, according to an announcment from LNG World Shipping.
The 155 000 cubic meter membrane tank vessel “Tangguh Jaya” became the 300th member of the current fleet of gas carriers engaged in the deepsea movement of LNG on its delivery by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to K Line and PT Meratus Line last December 2008. The 200th ship in the LNG carrier fleet, the 145 000 cubic meter “Maersk Qatar”, was also delivered by SHI.
Tangguh Jaya is one of a fleet of seven LNG carriers being built in Korea for the carriage of LNG from the new Tangguh LNG export plant in Indonesia’s Papua province for carriage to customers in China, Korea and the west coast of North America. Jaya is the name of a mountain in Papua.