New LNG carrier named in Japan

OCTOBER 9, 2014—Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) recently christened the LNG Venus, a new 155,000 m3 Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carrier at the Nagasaki Shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. The vessel is under construction at MHI and will serve Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.

Osaka Gas President Hiroshi Ozaki named the ship, and his wife cut the rope.

The LNG Venus has an overall length of 288m, beam of 48.94m, and draft of 11.5m, and is fitted with a Moss independent stretched spherical type tank system (with a continuous tank cover).

The LNG Venus is co-owned by MOL and Osaka Gas’ wholly owned subsidiary, Osaka Gas International Transport Inc. After its completion, the LNG Venus will sail under a charter contract with Osaka Gas. MOL will be the ship manager.

Aiming toward its goal of “solid growth through innovative changes” set forth in the midterm management plan STEER FOR 2020, MOL continues to offer value-added services—backed by the experience, know-how, and a network accumulated as the world leader in LNG carrier ownership and management— to customers including electric power and gas utilities in Japan.

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