Press Release


Press Release

October 16, 2017

Newbuilding LNG Carrier for Tokyo Gas Named 'Energy Liberty'
- The Vessel Will Transport U.S. Shale Gas -

At the naming ceremony
First from right: MOL President & CEO Junichiro Ikeda

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that on October 16, a naming ceremony for a newbuilding LNG carrier, jointly owned by MOL and Tokyo LNG Tanker Co., Ltd. (President: Hiroyuki Yamakawa), was held at the Tsu Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU; President and CEO: Shinjiro Mishima; headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo).

Among the crowd of well-wishers on hand for the ceremony were Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. President Michiaki Hirose, who gave the name Energy Liberty to the vessel, after which his wife cut the rope.

The Energy Liberty will be the eighth LNG carrier owned and managed by Tokyo LNG Tanker. MOL will directly manage six of those vessels, including this newbuilding vessel. After delivery, the vessel will transport LNG from the Cove Point Project in the U.S. to Tokyo Gas.

MOL takes a proactive stance in providing its customers with safe, high-quality LNG transport services, backed by experience and know-how accumulated as a world-leading LNG carrier owner and management company.

[Outline of Energy Liberty]

Length/Breadth/Draft : 299.9m/48.9m/11.5m
LNG tank/Capacity : SPB(*) cargo tank/165,000m3
Main engine : Tri fuel Diesel Electric propulsion system
Speed : 19.5 knots
Ship management company : Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.
Flag : Japan

Please refer to the following releases for other details.
February 28, 2014:
"MOL, Tokyo Gas Subsidiary Sign Deal to Build, Charter New LNG Carrier"
November 28, 2014: 
"MOL, Tokyo Gas Subsidiary Sign Basic Agreement for a long-term Charter Contract, Deal to Build a New LNG Carrier"
December 25, 2014:
"MOL, Tokyo Gas Subsidiary Sign Basic Agreement for a Time Charter Contract, Deal to Build a New LNG Carrier"

(*) SPB stands for Self-supporting Prismatic shape IMO type B. Its structure is designed to prevent the occurrence of sloshing.

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