Press Release


Press Release

November 28, 2014

MOL, Tokyo Gas Subsidiary Sign Basic Agreement for a long-term Charter Contract, Deal to Build a New LNG Carrier

New LNG Carrier
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TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced that the company has concluded a basic agreement on joint ownership and 20-year charter contract for a newbuilding LNG carrier with Tokyo LNG Tanker Co., Ltd. (headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Tadashi Narushima), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. (headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Michiaki Hirose). At the same time, MOL signed a contract with Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU; headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Shinjiro Mishima) for the new vessel.

This is the second vessel MOL will manage, following another newbuilding LNG carrier, which contracted with Tokyo LNG Tanker and JMU on February 28, 2014. The second vessel will transport LNG from the Cove Point LNG Project in the United States to Tokyo Gas facilities.

MOL is involved in operating ten of 13 LNG carriers owned and managed by Tokyo LNG Tanker, including this newbuilding vessel, and directly manages seven of those ten ships.

Drawing on its extensive experience, know-how, and networks as the world leader in LNG carrier ownership and management, MOL continues to take a proactive stance in offering safe and stable transport of LNG, the leading source of clean energy, which has become more important in recent years.

Sailing Route from the Cove Point LNG Project in the United States
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[ Profile of a newbuilding LNG carrier ]

(1) Length : About 299.9m
(2) Breadth : 48.9m
(3) Draft : 11.5m
(4) LNG tank : Self Supporting Prismatic shape IMO Type B (SPB) cargo tank
(5) Cargo capacity : 165,000m3
(6) Main engine : Tri-Fuel diesel electric propulsion system
(7) Speed : 19.5 knots
(8) Shipyard : Japan Marine United Co., Ltd.
(9) Ship management company : Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.
(10) Ownership : Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. 90%
Tokyo LNG Tanker Co., Ltd. 10%
(11) Year of delivery : 2017 (plan)
(12) Name : TBD

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