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Online ship intelligence and information service has launched a series highlighting the world's most expensive active vessels, and this week focuses on the costliest of all: QMAX liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Zarga, which prices in at a whopping $221.8 million. According to VesselValue, Zarga’s sticker price is equal to 1.5 of Real Madrid footballer Gareth Bale’s $145 million transfer fee, 13 12-carat Pink Diamonds at a value of $17 million each, or 49 Lamborghini Veneno Roadsters which cost $4.5 million apiece. We did our own math to calculate the quantity of other items that could be purchased for the price of The Zarga. Olympic size swimming pool ($1 million): 221.8 64GB iPhone 5s ($399): 555,889 German Shepherd puppy ($1,100): 201,636 Lego Maersk Line Triple-E toy ship ($149): 1,488,590 Name a star on the International Star Registry ($54): 4,107,407 The Zarga, built in 2010 by Samsung and owned by Qatar Gas Transport Company, has a capacity of 266,433 CBM and is over 340 meters long, making it one of the largest LNG carriers in the world.  

Samsung Records LNG Order

Qatar Gas transport Company (Nakilat) has placed order for another Q-Max LNG carrier, the largest liquefied natural gas tanker in operation, according to a report on Nakilat signed the shipbuilding contract for Q-Max, with a capacity of 265,000 metric tonnes, with Samsung Heavy Industries, South Korea. With the vessel joining Nakilat service, the company will have a fleet strength will rise to 17. A Q-Max vessel costs about $300mn.

Nakilat to Invest $11.5b in Fleet Expansion

Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat) is investing $11.5b in its bid to become the largest owner of LNG/LPG tankers fleet by the end of the decade. The plan is to acquire 60 ships by 2010 to ferry liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas worldwide, Nakilat vice-chairman Faisal M Al-Suwaidi is quoted to have said in a report in the Gulf Times. While 46 tankers are meant for LNG transportation, the rest will be used for liquefied petroleum gas supply

Barging Right into LNG


A raft of new and innovative concepts for LNG barge missions hits the market, in North America and across the pond, as well. Industry gears up for the soon-to-come need for bunkering, infrastructure and LNG-related logistics.   In 2014, innovation – as it turns out – means new ideas for the (previously) boring subject of marine barges. It also means LNG. Paired together, LNG and barges are giving naval architects

Parker Bestobell to Supply Valves for FSRU Newbuilds

Image: Parker Bestobell

Parker Bestobell Marine has recently completed a contract to supply cryogenic Globe and Check valves made in Sheffield, for Hoegh LNG’s series of five FSRUs (Floating Storage Regasification Units) that are being built at Hyundai shipyard (HHI) in South Korea.    The high quality valves were a combination of manual, pneumatic, actuated and check valves in sizes DN15 to DN100 and were approved by the Class society DNV.   

Dynagas Partners inks long-term deals for two LNG Vessels

Courtesy Dynagas Partners

Dynagas LNG Partners LP enters into new long-term time charter agreements for two of its LNG carriers and maintains current level of cash distribution following its latest drop down from its Sponsor Monaco – March 31, 2016 –Dynagas LNG Partners LP. (the “Partnership”) (NYSE: “DLNG”), an owner and operator of LNG carriers, today announced the following:   * Gazprom Global LNG Limited has extended its current charter for the 2007-built LNG carrier

Concordia Leads Tanker Innovation

Concordia Maritime of the Stena Group has again taken the industry lead announcing firm contracts for four (with two options) for an innovative new series of 49,900 dwt tankers dubbed P-MAX. Croatia’s Brodosplit Shipyard was tapped for the job, with delivery of the first ship scheduled for 2005.. The P-MAX is an extension of the creative Stena MAX concept, which was the development of an advanced class of tankers with features to ensure safe operation in the world’s most sensitive waters.

Russian Government to Cancel LNG Export Duties

The Russian government may cancel export duties on liquefied natural gas (LNG) following a request from Gazprom, says an RIA Novosti report. The gas giant plans to build two LNG plants near the giant offshore Shtokman gas field and in East Siberia for export to the U.S. market. The move is being discussed by a government committee and is set to be put to Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov for approval. Both Russia and the U.S. view LNG as the centerpiece of their energy dialogue. U.S

Qatargas Names its Q-flex Ships

Qatargas has named the first two Q-Flex LNG vessels - Al Ruwais and Al Safliya - at a ceremony held at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd. (DSME) ship building yard in Geoje Island. The ceremony which was presided over by His Excellency Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Energy and Industry and Mr. Neil Duffin, President of ExxonMobil Development Co. officially named the two ships which are the first of 45 large LNG ships to be delivered for

Nakilat Transitions LNG Fleet from Shell

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Nakilat Shipping Qatar Limited (NSQL) signed an agreement with Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (Shell) to begin the planned phased transition of the management of Nakilat’s LNG fleet from Shell to NSQL.   Shell has provided a range of shipping services to Nakilat’s LNG fleet since it was established in 2006, including the ship management of 14 Q-Max and 11 Q-Flex LNG carriers and the sharing of Shell’s Shipping & Maritime expertise

Egypt Launches Record LNG Tender for 96 Cargoes

Egypt launched the world's biggest tender for liquefied natural gas (LNG) as officials from top energy companies and trading houses converged on Cairo undeterred by new rules that could force them to wait for as long as six months to get paid.  

Torrent Power Seeks 38 LNG Cargoes

Indian private-sector power utility Torrent Power is seeking 38 cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for delivery over four years beginning April 2017, in what is likely to be the firm's first import tender.   The firm is seeking offers for 22 cargoes to be delivered to Dahej LNG import

Kobe Screw Compressors for LNG carrier

File photo of screw compressor  Courtesy Kobe

Kobe Steel, Ltd. received an order for two screw compressors for use with marine dual fuel engines. This is the first time that screw compressors will be used to supply fuel to marine dual fuel engines.   The compressors will be installed in an LNG carrier to be owned by a 50/50 joint

Incat Crowther Designed Ferry for Seychelles

Robust and Efficient Catamaran Ferry for Seychelles Photo Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther has designed a new catamaran ferry for Cat Cocos of the Seychelles. To be built by Richardson Devine Marine, the 292-passenger, 30m vessel will capitalize on the experience of the operation of the Incat Crowther-designed Isle of Praslin (delivered 2006) and Isle of La Digue

South Korean Yards Eyed for $3.8 Bln LNG Shipbuilding Deal

A little-known investment company said it intends to order up to 20 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, probably from South Korean shipbuilders. The contracts would be worth as much as $3.8 billion, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.  

Korea Gas Corp Launches 4-cargo LNG Buy Tender to Refill Stocks

Korea Gas Corp has launched a tender to buy up to four liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes for delivery across the November-February winter period, as it seeks to replenish reserves, traders said.   As strong air conditioning demand this summer and earthquake-related reactor outages helped

India to Double LNG Import

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Indian PM Narendra Modi. Photo: Official FB Page

 India plans to double its LNG import capacity in one year to augment gas based transport systems. The country will seek help from Russia and the US to make such ambitious plan possible.   India plans to more than double its liquefied natural gas (LNG) annual import capacity to 50

Caterpillar Propulsion for New LNG Cruise Ships

MaK M 46 DF (Image: Caterpillar Marine)

MaK M 46 DF dual fuel engines to be installed on a new generation of cruise ships    Caterpillar Marine said its dual fuel engines have been selected for a new generation of cruise ships; tThe company’s MaK 16 M 46 DF dual fuel engines

Teekay LNG May Issue Bonds to Fund Newbuilds

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 Teekay LNG Partners intends to issue new five-year senior unsecured bonds in the Norwegian bond market.    Net proceeds from the bonds are expected to be used to fund newbuilding installments, as well as to refinance NOK bonds maturing in May 2017 and general partnership purposes

LNG Sector Ready to meet Industry Demand

Peter Keller Photo SEALNG

Ahead of the 70th Session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), the cross-industry coalition 'SEA\LNG' has highlighted the ability of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector to meet the future emissions requirements of the global shipping industry.

Teekay Completes Norwegian Bond Issuance

Courtesy Teekay

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. announced that it has issued NOK 900 million in new senior unsecured bonds that mature in October 2021 in the Norwegian bond market. The new bond issuance, which was significantly oversubscribed, has an aggregate principal amount equivalent to approximately USD 110 million


ENGIE manages a large LNG supply portfolio and has a significant presence in regasification terminals in Europe and worldwide Image CMA CGM Group

CMA CGM and ENGIE signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote LNG as the marine fuel for tomorrow’s container vessels. Farid Salem, Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, and Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE, signed the agreement today at the Marseille headquarters of CMA CGM.

Skangas Secures Framework Agreement with Statoil

Viking Energy Photo Skangas

Skangas has entered into an agreement with Statoil for delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel for their platform supply vessels (PSV). The LNG will be delivered to several bases along the Norwegian west coast by ship.   Skangas will in addition deliver LNG to Statoil’s tugs at

ClassNK Issues AIP for LNG Bunkering Vessel Design

(Pictured l-r) ClassNK : S. H. Lee, H. Takesue, J. B. Jeong, T. Nishibashi (Country Manager of Korea) / Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd.: C. S. Lee (Technical Director), K. C. Lee, J. K. No. (Photo: ClassNK)

Classification society ClassNK has issued Approval in Principle (AIP) for a 7,500 cbm LNG bunkering vessel designed by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd. This design is the result of joint research carried out by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd

GasLog Orders New LNG Carrier from SHI

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 GasLog Ltd. today announces that it has signed a time charter party with Centrica plc. ("Centrica") to charter a vessel for a period of seven years. The vessel, a 180,000 cubic meter LNG carrier with XDF propulsion, has been ordered from Samsung Heavy Industries

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