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April 25, 2019

Newbuilding LNG Carriers for Tokyo Gas Named Energy Innovator and Energy Universe
- Transporting U.S. Shale Gas -

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) announced that a naming ceremony for two newbuilding LNG carriers was held at the Tsu Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU; headquarters: Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture; President: Kotaro Chiba) on April 24.

The two vessels will transport LNG from the Cove Point LNG Project in the United States to Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. (headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Takashi Uchida). (*1)

Among the many guests on hand for the ceremony was Tokyo Gas President Takashi Uchida, who named the vessels the Energy Innovator and the Energy Universe after which his wife cut the rope.

The vessels are the 10th and 11th LNG carriers that Tokyo LNG Tanker Co., Ltd. (headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Satoshi Tanazawa) owns and manages. MOL is involved in the management of eight of those ships, including the two newbuilding carriers.

Leveraging its accumulated experience and knowledge as one of the world's leading LNG carrier owners and management companies, MOL continues to offer safe, high-quality and efficient LNG transport service to customers.

[ Outline of Energy Innovator ]

Length/Breadth/Draft 299.9m/48.9m/11.5m
LNG Tank/Cargo Capacity Self-supporting prismatic shape IMO Type B (SPB) (*2) 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
Shipowner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. 90%, Tokyo LNG Tanker Co., Ltd. 10%

[ Outline of Energy Universe ]

Length/Breadth/Draft 299.9m/48.9m/11.5m
LNG Tank/Cargo Capacity Self-supporting prismatic shape IMO Type B (SPB)(*2) 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 Panama
Shipowner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. 100%


At the naming ceremony in front of Energy Innovator


At the naming ceremony in front of Energy Univers


Energy Innovator

(*1) MOL manages three of the vessels, which will be launched mainly to supply Tokyo Gas with LNG the Cove Point LNG Project. For details on the first vessel, please refer to the October 16, 2017, press release:
Newbuilding LNG Carrier for Tokyo Gas Named Energy Liberty - The Vessel Will Transport U.S. Shale Gas -

For other details, please refer to the following press releases.

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 24, 2015:
MOL, Tokyo Gas Subsidiary Sign Basic Agreement for a Time Charter Contract, Deal to Build a New LNG Carrier

(*2) Self-supporting Prismatic shape IMO type B (SPB) has a structure to avoid sloshing problem, which loaded LNG brings impact inside wall of the cargo tank, giving damage the tank.

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